doz·​en | \ ˈdə-zᵊn How to pronounce dozen (audio) \
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

Other Words from dozen

dozen adjective
dozenth \ ˈdə-​zᵊn(t)th How to pronounce dozen (audio) \ adjective

Examples of dozen in a Sentence

dozens of new songs were auditioned and rejected
Recent Examples on the Web Wang says jelly ice is 90% water, 100% biodegradable, and can be reused up to a dozen times. CBS News, 12 Apr. 2022 But over the past few weeks, Bob has repeatedly outplayed my own efforts, trying out the contest himself and sending me back up to a dozen ideas of his own (some, alas, unprintable or at least uncartoonable). Washington Post, 24 Mar. 2022 Like Walton Hills, the developers want to erect a structure a year in pursuit of creating a business park, though the Brook Park site is slated to have up to a dozen buildings. Eric Heisig, cleveland, 3 Jan. 2022 While the large crowd (approximately 40,000 over the course of the weekend) is mostly due to the notoriety of the national acts, there is strong local representation, with up to a dozen Miami and South Florida acts mixed in as well. Will Mcgough, Forbes, 11 Nov. 2021 That would be $4.11 this week, compared to the usual price of as high as $20 for a dozen donuts, depending on location. NBC News, 13 Apr. 2022 Ukraine's President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has been urging international companies to leave the Russian market after Moscow launched its brutal war on Ukraine, and only a few dozen remain. Sophie Mellor, Fortune, 28 Mar. 2022 Campion's victory marked the first win of the night for The Power of the Dog, despite racking up a dozen nods. Joey Nolfi,, 28 Mar. 2022 No less than a dozen of O’Neill’s former players and assistant coaches have sprouted from his tree and became coaches. John Maffei, San Diego Union-Tribune, 22 Mar. 2022 See More

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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.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 May. 2022.

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doz·​en | \ ˈdə-zᵊn How to pronounce dozen (audio) \
plural dozens or dozen

Kids Definition of dozen

: a group of twelve

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