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n., pl. doz•ens, (as after a numeral) doz•en, n.
Dozena collection of twelve objects; also an indefinite small number.
You can refer to twelve things as a dozen things.
You use a in front of dozen. Don't talk about 'dozen' things.
You can talk about larger numbers of things by putting a number in front of dozen. For example, you can refer to 48 things as four dozen things.
You use the singular form dozen after a number. Don't talk about 'two dozens cups and saucers'. Also, don't use 'of' after dozen. Don't say 'two dozen of cups and saucers'.
In conversation, you can use dozens to emphasize that you are talking about a very large number of things. Dozens is followed by of when it is used in front of a noun.
|Noun||1.||dozen - the cardinal number that is the sum of eleven and one|
large integer - an integer equal to or greater than ten
boxcars - (usually plural) an expression used when two dice are thrown and both come up showing six spots
|Adj.||1.||dozen - denoting a quantity consisting of 12 items or units|
cardinal - being or denoting a numerical quantity but not order; "cardinal numbers"