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
Recent Examples on the Web As wildfires continue to ravage the West Coast, the California Department of Forestry and Fire Prevention (Cal Fire) said that as of Thursday, there have been 25 deaths linked to the more than two dozen fires statewide since Aug. 15. Rachel Desantis,, "Firefighter Dies Battling El Dorado Fire, Which Started Because of a 'Gender Reveal' Party," 18 Sep. 2020 Officials tossed up to a dozen names per page, The Courier Journal found, ultimately invalidating 1,813 signatures before certifying the petition. Billy Kobin, The Courier-Journal, "If voters don't approve a JCPS tax increase, Louisville taxes will still rise. Here's why," 10 Sep. 2020 This one has a 575-watt motor and 10 speeds to get most any job done — including the capacity to make up to 13 dozen cookies in one batch. Krystin Arneson, CNN Underscored, "Save big on some of your favorite brands at eBay’s 25th Anniversary Sale," 8 Sep. 2020 Hayes, who works as a nurse, was also sick with a milder case of COVID-19, and more than half-a-dozen relatives caught it, including Driver's younger brother Don. Julia Musto, Fox News, "Longtime mayor's death from coronavirus rocks small Alabama town," 4 Sep. 2020 There’s a taxonomy to all the honks, with a surprisingly expressive mix of impassioned blasts, urgent Morse code patterns and musical hoots coming from up to a dozen cars a minute. Michael Laris, Washington Post, "Behind a father-and-son protest, a history of laughter and struggle," 3 Sep. 2020 Of those residents, nearly 200 had three or more cases filed against them that year, and a dozen received notices 10 or more times. ProPublica, "She Was Sued Over Rent She Didn’t Owe. It Took Seven Court Dates to Prove She Was Right.," 27 Aug. 2020 More than 14,000 firefighters are battling two of the three largest fires in California history, the LNU Lightning Complex Fire and the SCU Lightning Complex Fire, as well as more than two dozen other major fires in the state. Erin Rode, USA TODAY, "In CA: Northern California fires, counties move off watch list, back-to-school on Zoom," 24 Aug. 2020 The giveaway started at 4 p.m. Monday, though as early as 3:30 p.m. half a dozen cars snaked through the parking lot, waiting for food. Jesse Wright,, "Burr Ridge church begins offering food for many with its first food bank," 20 Aug. 2020

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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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22 Sep 2020

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“Dozen.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Oct. 2020.

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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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