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

Other Words from dozen

dozen adjective
dozenth \ ˈdə-​zᵊn(t)th How to pronounce dozen (audio) \ adjective

Examples of dozen in a Sentence

dozens of new songs were auditioned and rejected
Recent Examples on the Web On her phone was a year-old picture of her and a dozen co-workers — from Panama, Colombia, Peru, Haiti and the Dominican Republic. Greg Jaffe, Washington Post, 12 June 2022 In May 1943, the Germans raided Ms. Geulen’s boarding school (today called the Isabelle Gatti de Gamond Royal Atheneum), where a dozen Jewish children were hidden. New York Times, 7 June 2022 On August 24, 2017, at 5:30 a.m., a dozen armed federal agents hammered on the door of his apartment in Manhattan, startling him awake. Patrick Radden Keefe, The New Yorker, 6 June 2022 On March 12, a dozen dogs had arrived with Dos Santos Borges in Ruby, a checkpoint just under 500 miles from the start of the race. Yvonne Gonzalez, ajc, 5 June 2022 Maspar and fashion retailer Killer Jeans are understood to be looking to open in Russia, while at least four companies have already agreed franchise agreements in Russia, with another dozen or so expected to follow suit. Mark Faithfull, Forbes, 18 May 2022 The Swamp lily blooms later in the year, and swamp lilies bloom in clusters of up to a half dozen; Cahaba lilies only have one flower per stalk. Haley Laurence |, al, 19 May 2022 As years go by, the bands on the Stanley Cup that each list a dozen teams are removed for display in the Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto to make room for new champions. New York Times, 17 May 2022 And the nominees count in many categories has dramatically expanded — now up to a dozen in some cases. Brian Mccollum, Detroit Free Press, 21 Apr. 2022 See More

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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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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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