Definition of minus noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈmaɪnəs//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈmaɪnəs//
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  1. 1(also minus sign) The symbol (−), used in mathematics See related entries: Mathematical terminology
  2. 2(informal) a negative quality; a disadvantage Let's consider the pluses and minuses of changing the system.
  3. opposite plus1
    Word Originlate 15th cent.: from Latin, neuter of minor ‘less’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: minus