Idioms for plus

    pluses and minuses, the good and bad points of something; the advantages and disadvantages; the pros and cons: She spent hours listing the pluses and minuses of each of the apartments she had looked at, trying to narrow down her choices.

Origin of plus

1570–80; < Latin plūs more; akin to Greek pleíōn, Old Norse fleiri more, Old English feolu, fela, German viel, Gothic filu, Old Irish il, Greek polý many

usage note for plus

Since plus as a preposition has long had the meanings “more by the addition of” and “with the addition of,” it was but a short step to a newer use, mainly in informal writing and speech, as a conjunction meaning “also, and, furthermore.” Although this use is increasing, many object to it, and it is rare in more formal writing. And plus is likewise objected to, especially for being redundant: The paper was delivered two hours late, and plus it was soaking wet.

Definition for plus (2 of 4)

[ ploo ]
/ plu /


Definition for plus (3 of 4)

ne plus ultra
[ nee pluhs uhl-truh, ney; Latin ne ploo s oo l-trah ]
/ ˈni ˌplʌs ˈʌl trə, ˈneɪ; Latin ˈnɛ ˌplʊs ˈʊl trɑ /


the highest point; acme.
the most intense degree of a quality or state.

Origin of ne plus ultra

1690–1700; < New Latin, Latin nē plūs ultrā (may you) not (go) further beyond (this point)

Definition for plus (4 of 4)


or plu

[ ploo ]
/ plu /

noun Older Use in Western U.S. and (Canada ).

a beaver skin, especially one of prime quality.

Origin of plew

1790–1800; < Canadian French pelu; French: noun use of pelu haired, hairy (now obsolete or dial.); see poilu Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

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British Dictionary definitions for plus (1 of 5)

/ (plʌs) /


increased by the addition offour plus two (written 4 + 2)
with or with the addition ofa good job, plus a new car



Mathematical symbol: +

Word Origin for plus

C17: from Latin: more; compare Greek pleiōn, Old Norse fleiri more, German viel much

usage for plus

Plus, together with, and along with do not create compound subjects in the way that and does: the number of the verb depends on that of the subject to which plus, together with, or along with is added: this task, plus all the others, was (not were) undertaken by the government; the doctor, together with the nurses, was (not were) waiting for the patient

British Dictionary definitions for plus (2 of 5)

ne plus ultra
/ Latin (ˈneɪ ˈplʊs ˈʊltrɑː) /


the extreme or perfect point or state

Word Origin for ne plus ultra

literally: not more beyond (that is, go no further), allegedly a warning to sailors inscribed on the Pillars of Hercules at Gibraltar

British Dictionary definitions for plus (3 of 5)



/ (pluː) /


variant spellings of plew

British Dictionary definitions for plus (4 of 5)

/ text messaging /

abbreviation for

people like us

British Dictionary definitions for plus (5 of 5)


plu or plue

/ (pluː) /


(formerly in Canada) a beaver skin used as a standard unit of value in the fur trade

Word Origin for plew

from Canadian French pelu (adj) hairy, from French poilu, from poil hair, from Latin pilus
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