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Meaning of dozen by Wiktionary Dictionary

dozen


    Etymology

    From French douzaine ( “a group of twelve” ), from Latin duodecim ( “twelve” ), from duo ( “two” ) + decem ( “ten” )

    Pronunciation

    • Rhymes: -ʌzən

    Noun

    dozen ( plural: dozen when used attributively, dozens otherwise )

    1. ( countable ) A set of twelve .
      Can I have a dozen eggs, please?
      I ordered two dozen doughnuts .
      There shouldn't be more than two dozen Christmas cards left to write .
      Pack the shirts in dozens, please .
    2. ( as plural: only, always followed by of ) A large, unspecified number of, comfortably estimated in small multiples of twelve, thus generally implied to be significantly more than ten or twelve, but less than perhaps one or two hundred; many .
      There must have been dozens of examples just on the first page .
      There were dozens and dozens of applicants before the job was posted .
    3. ( metallurgy ) An old English measure of ore containing 12 hundredweight.

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    • gross

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Explanation of dozen by Wordnet Dictionary

dozen


    Adjective
    1. denoting a quantity consisting of 12 items or units

    Noun
    1. the cardinal number that is the sum of eleven and one