dozen

noun doz·en \ ˈdə-zᵊn \

Definition of dozen

plural dozens or 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

dozen

adjective

dozenth

play \-zᵊn(t)th\ adjective

Examples of dozen in a Sentence

  1. dozens of new songs were auditioned and rejected

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Origin and Etymology of dozen

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

dozen Synonyms

Synonyms
abundance, barrel, basketful, boatload, bucket, bunch, bundle, bushel, carload, chunk, deal, lot, fistful, gobs, good deal, heap, hundred, lashings (also lashins) [chiefly British], loads, mass, mess, mountain, much, multiplicity, myriad, oodles, pack, passel, peck, pile, plateful, plenitude, plentitude, plenty, pot, potful, profusion, quantity, raft, reams, scads, sheaf, shipload, sight, slew, spate, stack, store, ton, truckload, volume, wad, wealth, yard
Antonyms
ace, bit, dab, dram, driblet, glimmer, handful, hint, lick, little, mite, mouthful, nip, ounce, peanuts, pinch, pittance, scruple, shade, shadow, smidgen (also smidgeon or smidgin or smidge), speck, spot, sprinkle, sprinkling, strain, streak, suspicion, tad, taste, touch, trace
Related Words
epidemic, plague, rash; bonanza, embarrassment, excess, overabundance, overage, overkill, overmuch, oversupply, plethora, redundancy, superabundance, superfluity, surfeit, surplus; deluge, flood, overflow; army, bevy, cram, crowd, crush, drove, flock, herd, horde, host, legion, mob, multitude, press, score, sea, swarm, throng; gazillion, jillion, kazillion, million, thousands, trillion, zillion
Near Antonyms
atom, crumb, dot, fleck, flyspeck, fragment, grain, granule, iota, jot, modicum, molecule, mote, nubbin, particle, ray, scintilla, scrap, shred, tittle, whit; smatter, smattering; dash, drop, morsel, shot; piece, portion, section; absence, dearth, famine, lack, paucity, poverty, scarceness, scarcity, shortage, undersupply, want; deficiency, deficit, inadequacy, insufficiency, meagerness, scantiness, scantness, skimpiness


DOZEN Defined for English Language Learners

dozen

noun

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

dozen

noun doz·en \ ˈdə-zᵊn \

Definition of dozen for Students

plural dozens or dozen
:a group of twelve


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