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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The terms arose at least a half-dozen times at about a quarter of the businesses. Theo Francis, WSJ, "Companies Feel the Tariff Pinch," 4 Nov. 2018 The Allen Institute’s partnerships net them only about forty a year, each of which is portioned for a half-dozen teams. Jacqueline Detwiler, Popular Mechanics, "The Heroes of Science Who Are Unlocking the Brain," 3 Oct. 2018 Since West’s Adidas collaboration, more than a half-dozen kinds of Yeezys have been released, including the Yeezy Boost 350, the Yeezy 950, and the Yeezy 350 Cleat, designed for football players. Nadra Nittle, Vox, "Why Yeezys, a brand based on exclusivity, are suddenly so easy to buy," 21 Sep. 2018 Federal prosecutors have levied criminal charges against a half-dozen Insys executives and the company’s billionaire founder, John Kapoor. Andy Marso, kansascity, "Another lawsuit accuses Overland Park doctor of kickbacks from opioid spray maker," 13 July 2018 Flynt sent a half-dozen of them to the bank lobby pushing wheelbarrows filled with enough pennies to pay off the loan. Cincinnati Enquirer, "Read more from this Project," 13 July 2018 Of the half-dozen access points to Montara Mountain, the best is the Montara Mountain Trail out of San Pedro Valley. Tom Stienstra,, "’Tis the season for ‘Dancing with Fog’," 12 July 2018 Barbara Landi says the initial midweek South Anchorage market at the Dimond Center will feature a half-dozen vendors, including Glacier Valley Farm, Earthworks Farm, Stockwell Farm and Mat Valley Meats. Steve Edwards, Anchorage Daily News, "Last week’s warm weather means more local veggies at farmers markets this week," 11 July 2018 The chic Harvest Seasonal Grill & Wine Bar, now in a half-dozen locations in this area, rocks two themes: farm-to-table sourcing, and a menu denoting dishes with fewer than 500 calories. Michael Klein,, "The sassy, hoagie-mouthed chef is back | Let's Eat," 11 July 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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