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
dozenthplay \-zən(t)th\ adjective
Examples of dozen in a Sentence
dozens of new songs were auditioned and rejected
Recent Examples of dozen from the Web
BANGKOK — A court in Thailand convicted dozens on Wednesday of organizing a human-trafficking ring that enslaved hundreds of people.
The four-hour outings fly by, leaving you with a dozen open Wiki tabs and a thirst for more armchair sleuthing.
Of the dozens of dwarf galaxies orbiting the Milky Way, the LMC is both the largest and fastest.
More than a dozen rounds of talks have failed to make substantial progress in the dispute, although there have been relatively few confrontations in recent years.
More than a dozen other potential sites are being considered across Canada federal officials say.
More than a dozen of Richardson's relatives gathered on the opposite side of the courtroom, including her 7-year-old daughter, Tianuna Odom.
Specifically, the House and the Senate plans would change or eliminate more than a dozen taxes that were levied to help pay for the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) insurance subsidies and to bolster Medicare and expand Medicaid.
Lawyers representing the minors in the Flores case presented evidence from more than a dozen children who had endured prolonged detention.
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DOZEN Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of dozen for English Language Learners
: a group of 12 people or things
dozens : large numbers of people or things
DOZEN Defined for Kids
Definition of dozen for Students
: a group of twelve
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