dozen

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noun doz·en \ˈdə-zən\

Definition of dozen

plural

dozens

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dozen

  1. 1 :  a group of 12

  2. 2 :  an indefinitely large number <dozens of times>

  3. 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

dozen

adjective

dozenth

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Examples of dozen in a sentence

  1. <dozens of new songs were auditioned and rejected>

Origin and Etymology of dozen

Middle English dozeine, from Anglo-French duzeine, dozeyne, from duze twelve, from Latin duodecim, from duo two + decem ten — more at two, ten


First Known Use: 13th century



DOZEN Defined for English Language Learners

dozen

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noun doz·en \ˈdə-zən\

Definition of dozen for English Language Learners

  • : a group of 12 people or things

  • dozens : large numbers of people or things


DOZEN Defined for Kids

dozen

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noun doz·en \ˈdə-zən\

Definition of dozen for Students

plural

dozens

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dozen

  1. :  a group of twelve



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