Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “minus”

minus

noun [C]
 
 
/ˈmaɪnəs/
SIGN (also minus sign,
 
 
)
the sign which shows that the second of two numbers should be taken away from the first, or that a number is less than zero, shown by the symbol '−'PunctuationMathematical symbols
DIFFICULTY a problem or difficulty: It isn't easy having a child but the pluses outweigh the minuses.Advantage and disadvantage
(Definition of minus noun from the Cambridge Learners Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

More Learner's Dictionary definitions for “minus”

Definitions of “minus” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day

sling

to throw or drop something carelessly

Word of the Day

Blog

Read our blog about how the English language behaves.

Learn More

New Words

Find words and meanings that have just started to be used in English, and let us know what you think of them.

Learn More