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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With that in mind, Amazon’s dozens of interchangeable store brands seem like a sign of failure rather than success. Russell Brandom, The Verge, "Why does Amazon have so many clothing brands?," 5 July 2019 Heaney was singled out for a question among the couple of dozen players because of his close relationship with Skaggs, a Southern California native remembered as a fun-loving teammate. Schuyler Dixon, The Denver Post, "Angels try to get handle on raw emotion after Tyler Skaggs death," 3 July 2019 In Minnesota that day, dozens were stranded and injured in the wilderness — some requiring rescue by float planes — though no one was killed. Brooks Johnson, Twin Cities, "20 years later, effects of massive Boundary Waters windstorm still felt," 3 July 2019 The Rays, despite four playoff appearances and a World Series run in the last dozen seasons, and a 90-win campaign in 2018, have finished last in the AL in attendance the last four years. Joe Sheehan,, "Rays' Outrageous Montreal Plan Only Exists to Get New Stadiums Built—Again," 2 July 2019 Hundreds of sites have so far seen remediation actions, while hundreds more are waiting on the list and dozens more have been proposed. Claire Wolters, National Geographic, "Toxic waste, explained," 26 June 2019 There were many dozens functions to choose from, which were broken up into categories including fitness, phone control, media, and games. Marina Liao, Marie Claire, "Bee & Kin Bags Can Help You Escape Bad Dates," 21 June 2019 About a half dozen communities in the Bay Area and just beyond are included in the blitz. Kurtis Alexander, San Francisco Chronicle, "Can California avoid a third year of fire catastrophe? Here’s what’s been fixed — and what hasn’t," 20 June 2019 This weird little show sold out a dozen dates of a live tour in the last few years, and there is a certain deep satisfaction in hearing thousands of people cheer O’Hara in a standing ovation simply for walking on stage. Shana Naomi Krochmal,, "Emmys 2019: Give Schitt's Creek the love it deserves," 20 June 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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