dozen

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

Definition of dozen

1 : a group of 12
2 : an indefinitely large number dozens of times
3 dozens plural in form but singular in construction : a ritualized word game that consists of exchanging insults usually about the members of the opponent's family used with the

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Other Words from dozen

dozen adjective
dozenth \ -​zᵊn(t)th \ adjective

Examples of dozen in a Sentence

dozens of new songs were auditioned and rejected

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Meanwhile, in the United States, the U.S. Army recently handed out contracts to two companies, BAE Systems and General Dynamics, to build up to a dozen prototype light tanks in advance of an order for 504 of them. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "What You Need to Know About China's New Tank," 2 Jan. 2019 The 40-year-old Purdy is among dozens of volunteers who have been collecting garbage, cleaning bathrooms and generally keep an eye on the park. John Waters, The Seattle Times, "In shutdown, national parks transformed into Wild West — heavily populated and barely supervised," 2 Jan. 2019 And despite this cascade of scandals, 2018 also saw dozens, hundreds, of hopeful and positive deployments of machine learning and AI. James Vincent, The Verge, "The Verge 2018 tech report card: AI," 30 Dec. 2018 Drexel, Penn State, the University of Delaware, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and NASA were among the dozens of contributing institutions. Ian Haydon, Philly.com, "For the first time, scientists harness 'ghost particles' to study the universe and its black holes," 12 July 2018 The standoff dispute could affect nine of 15 Cabinet-level departments and dozens of agencies, including the departments of Homeland Security, Transportation, Interior, Agriculture, State and Justice, as well as national parks and forests. Lisa Mascaro, The Seattle Times, "Shutdown talk recedes after White House eases wall threat," 18 Dec. 2018 Here are some of the more memorable deaths my dozens of characters have met over more than 100 hours of play. Eric Limer, Popular Mechanics, "If You Can't Beat It, Code It," 17 Dec. 2018 Also, Alice is barely stable enough to take care of her own daughter right now, let alone dozens of misplaced teens. Carolyn Twersky, Seventeen, "The "Riverdale" Mid-Season Finale Left Us Shook and With Multiple Questions," 13 Dec. 2018 That list includes all the games packaged with the PlayStation Classic (in both Western and Japanese markets), as well as dozens more that are not included in the box. Kyle Orland, Ars Technica, "Dozens of hidden game names found in PlayStation Classic source files," 5 Dec. 2018

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First Known Use of dozen

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for dozen

Middle English dozeine, from Anglo-French duzeine, dozeyne, from duze twelve, from Latin duodecim, from duo two + decem ten — more at two, ten

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dozen

noun

English Language Learners Definition of dozen

: a group of 12 people or things

dozens : large numbers of people or things

dozen

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

Kids Definition of dozen

: a group of twelve

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