Dozen meaning

dŭzən
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Twelve.
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A set of twelve.
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A set of 12.
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An indefinite, large number.

Dozens of errands to run.

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A large number.
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(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.

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(metallurgy) An old English measure of ore containing 12 hundredweight.
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(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.

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the dozens
  • a form of verbal play, chiefly among African Americans, in which the participants exchange witty, ribald taunts and insults
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Idioms and Phrasal Verbs

the dozens

Origin of dozen

  • Middle English dozeine from Old French dozaine from doze twelve ultimately from Latin duodecim duo two dwo- in Indo-European roots decem ten dekm̥ in Indo-European roots

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

  • From Old French dozaine (“a group of twelve”) (French douzaine), from doze (“twelve”) + -aine (“-ish”), from Latin duodecim (“twelve”) (from duo (“two”) + decem (“ten”)) + -ana (“-ish”)

    From Wiktionary