Nearby words

  1. pluriliteral,
  2. pluripotent,
  3. pluripotential,
  4. pluripresence,
  5. plurry,
  6. plus ca change,
  7. plus cyclophoria,
  8. plus fours,
  9. plus juncture,
  10. plus sight

Idioms

    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.

plu

[ ploo ]
/ plu /

noun

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 /

noun

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)

plew

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

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British Dictionary definitions for plus

plus

/ (plʌs) /

preposition

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

adjective

noun

Mathematical symbol: +

Word Origin for plus

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

usage

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

/ Latin (ˈneɪ ˈplʊs ˈʊltrɑː) /

noun

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

plu

plue

/ (pluː) /

noun

variant spellings of plew

PLU

/ text messaging /

abbreviation for

people like us

plew

plu or plue

/ (pluː) /

noun

(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
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