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

Examples of dozen in a Sentence

dozens of new songs were auditioned and rejected

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The difference between an automatic and a semiautomatic effectively translates to firing hundreds of rounds a minute versus dozens or so in the same time frame. German Lopez, Vox, "The Trump administration just banned bump stocks for guns," 18 Dec. 2018 Firms like SpaceX and Blue Origin have plans to launch thousands of sats, and dozens of startup companies promise affordable Cubesat and microsat launches. Joe Pappalardo, Popular Mechanics, "The Pentagon Is Declassifying Lots of Info About What's in Orbit," 13 Dec. 2018 But a player with an open mind could happily lose dozens or hundreds of happy hours into its various challenges. Samuel Axon, Ars Technica, "Review: Civilization VI on the iPhone is the full experience," 4 Oct. 2018 The Wasp is a large amphibious assault ship capable of carrying 2,000 Marines and dozens of helicopters. Lucas Tomlinson, Fox News, "North Korea remains 'significant' nuclear threat, Trump pick for top US general in South Korea says," 25 Sep. 2018 Federal officials said 34 young children taken from parents at the border under a zero-tolerance policy were being reunited with parents on Tuesday, but dozens of others would not be reunited in time to comply with a July 10 court deadline. Daniel González, azcentral, "Feds say 34 immigrant children to be reunited with parents; no timetable for others," 10 July 2018 The immigration debate has reached a fevered pitch with revelations that dozens of children separated from their parents as part of the Trump administration’s crackdown are being held in South Florida. Skyler Swisher,, "Here's what we know about separated immigrant children in South Florida," 29 June 2018 The footage of the wedding has already received more than 40,000 views on Facebook, and dozens of commenters have expressed their condolences to the family. Jason Duaine Hahn,, "Man With Terminal Cancer Dies Just Days After Watching Daughter’s Wedding From His Hospital Bed," 28 June 2018 Gaza militants responded by firing dozens of rockets into southern Israel, forcing residents to spend the night in shelters and canceling school across the region. Isabel Debre, The Seattle Times, "Israel bombs targets in Gaza as rocket fire resumes," 27 Mar. 2019

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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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English Language Learners Definition of dozen

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


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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