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 dozenth (audio) \ adjective

Examples of dozen in a Sentence

dozens of new songs were auditioned and rejected

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No wonder more than a dozen of the party's presidential hopefuls swarmed the state Democratic convention this past weekend. Alexander Tin, CBS News, "Why Democratic presidential candidates are so focused on California," 7 June 2019 But come back early next year to the 1,200-acre Pecan Square project, off Interstate 35W, and dozens of houses will dot the rural landscape. Steve Brown, Dallas News, "Pecan trees now outnumber people in this Denton County community that'll soon hold 3,000 homes," 7 June 2019 Her posts have received thousands of likes and dozens of comments, but her foray into outrageous eye makeup goes beyond funky lash extensions. Christina Oehler,, "Curly Eyelash Extensions Are the Horrifying New Beauty Trend You Never Asked For," 6 June 2019 The state of Wisconsin announced a lawsuit in May against Purdue Pharma, the maker of OxyContin, a year after Milwaukee, Waukesha and dozens of other Wisconsin counties announced similar lawsuits. Elliot Hughes, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Opioid-related deaths peaked in West Allis in 2017. Now the city plans to sue opioid manufacturers.," 5 June 2019 Veronica Belmont, a product manager at Adobe Spark, was riding the train down to Silicon Valley, doing some work on her phone, when dozens of teenagers plopped down into the seats around her. Taylor Lorenz, The Atlantic, "Why Teens Are AirDropping Memes to Strangers," 5 June 2019 But corporate headhunters estimate that dozens of promising startups are competing to fill vacant finance chief positions. Ezequiel Minaya, WSJ, "Silicon Valley Needs a Few Good CFOs," 24 May 2019 Well, not necessarily. The Good Housekeeping Institute Textiles Lab tests bed sheets for fabric strength, pilling resistance, shrinkage, and more, then dozens of consumer testers rate them in a blind comparison for softness and overall feel. Lexie Sachs, Good Housekeeping, "Does the Thread Count of Your Sheets Matter? Bedding Experts Reveal the Truth," 17 May 2019 Just after dinner, out came dozens of personalized cakes placed in front of nominees who found that on their dessert, their works were somehow represented in fondant and icing decoration. Lilah Ramzi, Vogue, "Anna Wintour and Bee Carrozzini Host a Dinner in Honor of the Tony Awards," 20 May 2019

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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
: 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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