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noun doz·en \ˈdə-zən\

: a group of 12 people or things

dozens : large numbers of people or things

plural dozens or dozen

Full Definition of DOZEN

:  a group of 12
:  an indefinitely large number <dozens of times>
plural but sing in constr :  a ritualized word game that consists of exchanging insults usually about the members of the opponent's family —used with the
dozen adjective
doz·enth \-zən(t)th\ adjective

Examples of DOZEN

  1. <dozens of new songs were auditioned and rejected>

Origin of DOZEN

Middle English dozeine, from Anglo-French duzeine, dozeyne, from duze twelve, from Latin duodecim, from duo two + decem ten — more at two, ten
First Known Use: 13th century

Related to DOZEN

abundance, barrel, basketful, boatload, bucket, bunch, bundle, bushel, carload, chunk, deal, lot, fistful, gobs, good deal, heap, hundred, lashings (also lashins) [chiefly British], loads, mass, mess, mountain, much, multiplicity, myriad, oodles, pack, passel, peck, pile, plateful, plenitude, plentitude, plenty, pot, potful, profusion, quantity, raft, reams, scads, sheaf, shipload, sight, slew, spate, stack, store, ton, truckload, volume, wad, wealth, yard
ace, bit, dab, dram, driblet, glimmer, handful, hint, lick, little, mite, mouthful, nip, ounce, peanuts, pinch, pittance, scruple, shade, shadow, smidgen (also smidgeon or smidgin or smidge), speck, spot, sprinkle, sprinkling, strain, streak, suspicion, tad, taste, touch, trace
DOZEN Defined for Kids


noun doz·en \ˈdə-zən\
plural dozens or dozen

Definition of DOZEN for Kids

:  a group of twelve


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