is used primarily as the oral equivalent of the arithmetical sign + (Three plus four is seven). In the 20c it went from strength to strength as a quasi-preposition with the meaning ‘with the addition of, and also’ (e.g.

• A cup of Epp's cocoa and a shakedown for the night plus the use of a rug and overcoat doubled into a pillow —James Joyce, 1922).

A more controversial use from the 1960s (first in America) makes plus a conjunction or adverb (with a comma following) meaning ‘and furthermore, and in addition’: (conjunction)

• You can fly an aeroplane…and command a ship. Plus you ride horses —New Yorker, 1987

• ‘It's certainly a challenge. Plus it's a little overwhelming, but it's exciting,’ says Nicole —Daily Mail, 1998

• (adverb) I'll quit romanticizing him. Plus, he never got to go on any road trips —B. Ripley, 1987

• It's a bad movie but at times it's the kind of bad movie worth watching…. Plus, there's an omnipresent horizontal flurry of ash in nearly every outdoor scene. Not snow, ash. At least it looks like ash —film reviews, AmE 2005 [OEC].

These uses occur frequently in advertisements (e.g. 20% off everything —plus no deposit) but should not be adopted in more formal writing.

Modern English usage. 2014.


Look at other dictionaries:

  • plus — plus …   Deutsch Wörterbuch

  • plus — [ plys ] adv. • 980; mot lat. « une grande quantité » ♦ Mot servant de comparatif à beaucoup et entrant dans la formation des comparatifs de supériorité et dans celle du superlatif relatif de supériorité. I ♦ (Compar.; cf. aussi III) A ♦… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • plus — PLUS. adv. de comparaison. Davantage. J ay plus d interest à cela qu un autre. Personne n y a plus d interest que luy. il est plus content qu un Roy. il travaille plus que personne. il est à qui plus luy donne. il va où il y a plus à gagner. qui… …   Dictionnaire de l'Académie française

  • plus — Plus, Magis. Plus ou moins, Peu plus, peu moins, Plus minus. Je l aime plus que moy, Ante me illum diligo. Beaucoup plus, Multo magis. Plus que tous les autres, Singulariter, Praeter alios. Il a estudié plus que tous les autres és lettres… …   Thresor de la langue françoyse

  • plus — [plus] prep. [L, more < IE * plēyos, compar. of * pelu , much < base * pel > FULL1] 1. added to [2 plus 2 equals 4] 2. increased by; in addition to [salary plus bonus] 3. Informal with the addition of [he returned wiser and plus $300] …   English World dictionary

  • plus — /plus/, prep. 1. more by the addition of; increased by: ten plus two is twelve. 2. with the addition of; with: He had wealth plus fame. adj. 3. involving or noting addition. 4. positive: a plus quantity. 5. more (by a certain amount). 6. Elect.… …   Universalium

  • Plus — Saltar a navegación, búsqueda «Plus» redirige aquí. Para otras acepciones, véase Plus (desambiguación). Plus es una banda argentina de rock pesado que comenzó a tocar en 1975 y debutó discográficamente en 1976 con No pisar el infinito . Contenido …   Wikipedia Español

  • pluş — PLUŞ, pluşuri, s.n. Ţesătură de bumbac, de lână, de păr de capră etc. mai groasă decât catifeaua şi cu părul mai lung decât al acesteia, care se întrebuinţează mai ales în tapiţerie. ♦ (La pl.) Varietăţi de pluş. – Din germ. Plüsch, fr. p(e)luche …   Dicționar Român

  • Plus — may refer to:* Plus sign, a mathematical sign * PLUS, a banking network * PLUS Markets, a small stock exchange in London, UK * North South Expressway, Malaysia ( ms. Projek Lebuhraya Utara Selatan) **PLUS Expressway Berhad, concessionaire of the… …   Wikipedia

  • PLUS — (также известный как Visa PLUS)  это межбанковская сеть, охватывающая дебетные, кредитные и предоплаченные карты VISA, а также банковские карты, выданные различными банками по всему миру. В настоящий момент, во всем мире существует более… …   Википедия

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