baker's dozen


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bak·er's dozen

(bā′kərz)
n.
A group of 13.

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

baker's dozen

n
(Units) thirteen
[C16: from the bakers' former practice of giving thirteen rolls where twelve were requested, to protect themselves against accusations of giving light weight]

bak′er's doz′en


n.
a group of 13; a dozen plus one.
[1590–1600]

baker's dozen

1. Thirteen items; from a former practice by bakers of giving a free thirteenth roll or loaf to a customer who bought a dozen.
2. An amount of 13.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.baker's dozen - the cardinal number that is the sum of twelve and onebaker's dozen - the cardinal number that is the sum of twelve and one
large integer - an integer equal to or greater than ten
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