Baker-s-dozen definition

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The definition of baker's dozen is thirteen, or one more than a dozen.

An example of a baker's dozen is a box of thirteen donuts.

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A group of 13.
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A group of thirteen.
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(idiomatic) Thirteen, a group of thirteen.
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(Cockney rhyming slang) Cousin.
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Noun

Singular:
baker-s-dozen
Plural:
baker-s-dozens

Origin of baker-s-dozen

  • From the former custom among bakers of adding an extra roll as a safeguard against the possibility of 12 weighing light

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From the former practice of bakers of adding a thirteenth loaf to a batch of twelve in order to avoid punishment for accidentally selling underweight bread.

    From Wiktionary