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

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.




ne plus ultra

[nee pluhs uhl-truh, ney; Latin ne ploo s oo l-trah]


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)


or 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. 2019

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


Also: positive (prenominal) indicating or involving additiona plus sign
on the positive part of a scale or coordinate axisa value of +x
indicating the positive side of an electrical circuit
involving positive advantage or gooda plus factor
(postpositive) informal having a value above that which is stated or expectedshe had charm plus
(postpositive) slightly above a specified standard on a particular grade or percentagehe received a B+ rating on his essay
botany designating the strain of fungus that can only undergo sexual reproduction with a minus strain


short for plus sign
a positive quantity
informal something positive or to the good
a gain, surplus, or advantage
Mathematical symbol: +

Word Origin for plus

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


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

ne plus ultra


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




variant spellings of plew


abbreviation for

people like us


plu or plue


(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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Word Origin and History for plus

1570s, the oral rendering of the arithmetical sign +, from Latin plus "more, in greater number, more often" (comparative of multus "much"), altered (by influence of minus) from *pleos, from PIE *pele- (1) "to fill" (see poly-).

As a preposition, between two numbers to indicate addition, from 1660s. [Barnhart writes that this sense "did not exist in Latin and probably originated in commercial language of the Middle Ages."] Placed after a whole number to indicate "and a little more," it is attested from 1902. As a conjunction, "and," it is American English colloquial, attested from 1968. As a noun meaning "an advantage" from 1791. Plus fours (1921) were four inches longer in the leg than standard knickerbockers, to produce an overhang, originally a style associated with golfers. The plus sign itself has been well-known since at least late 15c. and is perhaps an abbreviation of Latin et (see et cetera).

ne plus ultra

"utmost limit to which one can go," Latin, literally "no more beyond;" the motto traditionally inscribed on the Pillars of Hercules.

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