dozen

noun
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

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Other Words from dozen

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

Examples of dozen in a Sentence

dozens of new songs were auditioned and rejected
Recent Examples on the Web With cases of the virus confirmed in more than two dozen countries around the world, and travel to and from China restricted and much of the country on lockdown, the toll is beginning to be felt by the global economy. James Griffiths, CNN, "Coronavirus death toll tops 1,800 as 780 million remain on lockdown in China," 17 Feb. 2020 An Iranian missile attack on Iraq's Ain al-Asad air base on Jan. 8 injured dozens of U.S service members. Fox News, "Rockets strike near US Embassy in Baghdad; no injuries," 16 Feb. 2020 An Iranian missile attack on Iraq's Ain al-Asad air base on Jan. 8 injured dozens of U.S service members, many of whom have been diagnosed with traumatic brain injuries. NBC News, "Rocket attack strikes near U.S. Embassy in Iraq," 16 Feb. 2020 An Iranian missile attack on Iraq’s Ain al-Asad air base on Jan. 8 injured dozens of US service members. BostonGlobe.com, "Rockets strike near US Embassy in Baghdad; no injuries," 16 Feb. 2020 An Iranian missile attack on Iraq’s Ain al-Asad air base on Jan. 8 injured dozens of U.S service members. Washington Post, "Rockets strike near US Embassy in Baghdad; no injuries," 16 Feb. 2020 And more than 60,000 people two dozen countries have been confirmed to have it. Kristen Jordan Shamus, Detroit Free Press, "Sister of Michigan woman quarantined on Diamond Princess: 'They're just sitting ducks'," 13 Feb. 2020 More than 200 people across two dozen countries and territories in Asia, Europe, and North America are suffering from the new infection, and the first deaths outside of China happened over the past week. National Geographic, "‘I can’t wait to hold my kids again’: Life inside Wuhan’s quarantine," 6 Feb. 2020 Of those, 265 cases have been identified in more than two dozen countries and regions outside of mainland China. Beth Mole, Ars Technica, "3,700 trapped aboard cruise ship after coronavirus embarks," 6 Feb. 2020

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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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The first known use of dozen was in the 13th century

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21 Feb 2020

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“Dozen.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dozen. Accessed 26 Feb. 2020.

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dozen

noun
How to pronounce dozen (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of dozen

: a group of 12 people or things
: large numbers of people or things

dozen

noun
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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