dozen

noun
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 \ -​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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The report mentioned several facilities, some very small and manned by less than two dozen people, in isolated areas near U.S. coastlines. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "Russian State TV Lists U.S. Targets for Putin’s New Nukes--But One Target Doesn't Make Sense," 26 Feb. 2019 And many residents, having lived through much harsher conditions in the 1990s, appear to be adapting as market forces take deeper root, according to three dozen defectors, humanitarian workers, government officials and other visitors interviewed... Eun-young Jeong And Dasl Yoon, WSJ, "The New Look of North Korea’s Economy: ‘It’s All Capitalism There Now’," 25 Feb. 2019 The video, presumably shot in her house in L.A., shows a dark room lit only by the dozens of candles on the ground and a giant neon pink heart in the distance. Nicole Saunders, Harper's BAZAAR, "Travis Scott Just Gave Kylie Jenner the Most INSANE Valentine's Day Gift," 13 Feb. 2019 The final decision followed dozens of meetings with New York lawmakers and communities. Katie Honan, WSJ, "Amazon’s New York Project Foundered on Labor Organizing, Opposition to Subsidies," 16 Feb. 2019 Since then, the global superstar has made six studio albums and won dozens of awards for her music. Kelly O'sullivan, Country Living, "How Is Dolly Parton Related to Miley Cyrus?," 10 Feb. 2019 Immediately, the ship's universal translator malfunctions, throwing out dozens of alien and foreign languages from Klingon to French. Darren Orf, Popular Mechanics, "'Star Trek: Discovery' Is All About Friendship and Death This Week," 8 Feb. 2019 To help, the designer has enlisted dozens of collaborators that will stock unexpected product alongside Sacai’s ready-to-wear collections. Steff Yotka, Vogue, "Hello, Sacai! The Japanese Brand Plans Traveling Pop-Ups For 2019," 6 Feb. 2019 Within a couple of days, other members of the community planted dozens of flowers alongside Mrs. Reoven and Victoria's initial offerings. Isabella Gomez, Teen Vogue, "A Parkland Survivor and Teacher Started #ProjectGrowLove to Honor Those Whose Lives Were Lost," 11 Jan. 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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dozen

noun

English Language Learners Definition of dozen

: a group of 12 people or things
: large numbers of people or things

dozen

noun
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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