dozen

noun
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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After four months of relative quiet from the special counsel's office, Robert Mueller Friday indicted a dozen Russians for their role in hacking the DNC, DCCC, and the presidential campaign of Hillary Clinton. Brian Barrett, WIRED, "Security Roundup: Ukraine Blocked a Russian Hack of Its Critical Infrastructure," 14 July 2018 In Camden, there are at least a dozen, mostly in the small business districts on Mount Ephraim Avenue and Haddon Avenue. Jan Hefler, Philly.com, "$18,000 in tuition and 1,200 hours of study for a license to braid hair? New Jersey lawmakers say no," 13 July 2018 Coats’ comments came hours after the Justice Department indicted a dozen Russian military intelligence officers for attempting to undermine the 2016 election in part by hacking into the Democratic National Committee. Maureen Groppe, Indianapolis Star, "Unlike Trump, Dan Coats doesn't shy from calling out Russia," 13 July 2018 After years of reputational decline because of an army coup in 2014 — one of a dozen successful putsches since the country abolished an absolute monarchy in 1932 — Thailand’s military has been handed an opportunity to burnish its image. Hannah Beech, The Seattle Times, "For some Thai soccer-team members, cave ordeal was only their latest test," 10 July 2018 Crichton told Wolf in 1979 that the GMO talked a dozen local businessmen into signing $1,000 notes to help soothe some of the tournament's creditors. Chris Foran, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "The first Greater Milwaukee Open PGA golf tournament, in 1968, also was nearly the last," 10 July 2018 About 320 people now call Walsh home, according to Republic Property Group, which is overseeing construction by a dozen home builders. Gordon Dickson, star-telegram, "This former ranch could have 50,000 Fort Worth residents. 'In 10 years, this will be a city in itself'," 9 July 2018 In an age when collaborations are a dime a dozen, this one might be one of the most unexpected and exciting: Vivienne Westwood is collaborating with Burberry. Steff Yotka, Vogue, "Riccardo Tisci Brings Vivienne Westwood to Burberry for a Collaboration," 6 July 2018 But the technology is improving fast, prompting a dozen AI researchers to place bets on whether a fake video will disrupt America’s midterm elections later this year. The Economist, "What if AI made actors immortal?," 5 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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dozen

noun

English Language Learners Definition of dozen

: a group of 12 people or things

dozens : large numbers of people or things

dozen

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

Kids Definition of dozen

: a group of twelve

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