doz·en | \ˈdə-zᵊn \
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 \ adjective

Examples of dozen in a Sentence

dozens of new songs were auditioned and rejected

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In the middle are a half-dozen or so moderate lawmakers who have staked out a position on the fence, with promises to conduct a rigorous review of Kavanaugh’s record and carefully consider his qualifications. Deirdre Shesgreen, USA TODAY, "Schumer vows to fight Trump SCOTUS nominee 'with everything I have'," 9 July 2018 And those dozen or so Facebook profiles purporting to be her? Justin Jacobs, Indianapolis Star, "Greenwood teen has 3M fans. But after being bullied, she goes to school alone," 6 July 2018 Mikaleah Moment pushes her way into a recreational room where a dozen or so seniors and their caregivers sit at tables bathed in the blue glow of a daytime game show. Simon Montlake, The Christian Science Monitor, "For three families, Tulsa experiment offers chance to grasp American dream," 3 July 2018 Search firms typically forward to the client a dozen or so candidates, Roose said. Richard Prince, The Root, "Obama Was More Aware of Racism Than We Saw," 27 June 2018 The Spring 2019 menswear season wrapped yesterday (well, sort of—there are a dozen or so New York men’s collections to see in July), capping off an energizing and inspiring month. Emily Farra, Vogue, "Go Backstage at Dior Homme and Louis Vuitton, the Spring 2019 Menswear Season’s Big Debuts," 25 June 2018 Players on the fringes of the 60 picks Thursday night might travel to a dozen or more teams, looking to at least get an invitation to a summer-league roster. Rick Bonnell, charlotteobserver, "Mitch Kupchak's NBA draft memory: No workouts, no celebration, just a telegram," 19 June 2018 Using other supercomputers, scientists simulated the processes — but only for a dozen or so elements at once. NBC News, "5 ways the world's fastest supercomputer could change the world," 18 June 2018 Also present will be a dozen or more more staffers and members of Gilda's Club Metro Detroit, the Royal Oak chapter of the extraordinary organization that provides support and education to cancer patients and their families. Julie Hinds, Detroit Free Press, "Film about Detroit-born comedy great Gilda Radner gets hometown premiere," 8 June 2018

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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

dozens : large numbers of people or things


doz·en | \ˈdə-zᵊn \
plural dozens or dozen

Kids Definition of dozen

: a group of twelve

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