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 dozen (audio) \ adjective

Examples of dozen in a Sentence

dozens of new songs were auditioned and rejected
Recent Examples on the Web Under Utah’s cage-free law, consumers can expect to spend an additional 24 cents per dozen or about $6 more a year on eggs. Kathy Stephenson, The Salt Lake Tribune, "Utah eggs will be cage-free by 2025. Here’s why farmers lobbied for the law and why you’ll be paying more at the store.," 24 Mar. 2021 The video does not show Prude offering any physical resistance to the half-dozen or so officers who converged on the scene. Steve Orr, USA TODAY, "A Black man pinned to the ground by NY police died two months before George Floyd's death," 2 Sep. 2020 Yet neither the Capitol Police nor the dozen or so federal security agencies that ultimately responded were called in time to take the obvious preliminary action. Eleanor Holmes Norton, National Review, "Bring Down the Capitol Hill Fencing," 15 Mar. 2021 Having withstood the Great Recession a dozen years ago, many took the pandemic recession as an encouragement to take some chips off the table, think seriously about their succession plans, or both. Mary Josephs, Forbes, "2021 Could Launch the ‘Decade of The ESOP’," 12 Mar. 2021 But Horne buried a three just before time expired to put the Buffaloes up a half-dozen at the break. oregonlive, "Physical Colorado and its defense too much for Oregon State in a 61-57 win," 20 Feb. 2021 But Bruni made no less than two dozen insults, attributed to others. Star Tribune, "Readers Write: Minneapolis City Council, Rush Limbaugh, Dakota history, local artists," 25 Feb. 2021 Over the decades, scientists have devised a dozen or so different theories for this spinning, Wilson says. Charles Q. Choi, Scientific American, "Mystery of Spinning Atomic Fragments Solved at Last," 24 Feb. 2021 The rules changes come as Democrats hold a bare majority in the House of fewer than a half-dozen seats, the narrowest margin of control in memory. Andrew Taylor, ajc, "Democrats tighten control with House rules changes," 4 Jan. 2021

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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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“Dozen.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 Apr. 2021.

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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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