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doz·en

 (dŭz′ən)
n.
1. pl. dozen Abbr. doz. or dz. A set of 12.
2. dozens An indefinite, large number: dozens of errands to run.
adj.
Twelve.

[Middle English dozeine, from Old French dozaine, from doze, twelve, ultimately from Latin duodecim : duo, two; see dwo- in Indo-European roots + decem, ten; see dekm̥ in Indo-European roots.]

doz′enth (-ənth) adj.

dozen

(ˈdʌzən)
determiner
(Units)
a. twelve or a group of twelve: a dozen eggs; two dozen oranges.
b. (as pronoun; functioning as sing or plural): give me a dozen; there are at least a dozen who haven't arrived yet.
n, pl dozens or dozen
1. by the dozen in large quantities
2. (Units) See baker's dozen
3. talk nineteen to the dozen to talk without stopping
[C13: from Old French douzaine, from douze twelve, from Latin duodecim, from duo two + decem ten]
ˈdozenth adj

doz•en

(ˈdʌz ən)

n., pl. doz•ens, (as after a numeral) doz•en, n.
1. a group of 12.
2. the dozens, Slang. a ritualized game in which the players attempt to outdo each other in insults (usu. used in the phrase play the dozens).
adj.
3. containing 12 parts.
[1250–1300; Middle English dozeine < Old French do(u)zaine <do(u)ze (< Latin duodecim)]

Dozen

 a collection of twelve objects; also an indefinite small number.
Examples: dozen of ale, 1677; of beer, 1893; of bread, 1574; of wine; of wonders, 1340.

dozen

1. 'dozen'

You can refer to twelve things as a dozen things.

We need a loaf of bread and a dozen eggs.
When he got there he found more than a dozen men having dinner.

Be Careful!
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.

On the trolley were two dozen cups and saucers.
They ordered three dozen cookies for a party.

Be Careful!
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'.

2. 'dozens'

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.

She's borrowed dozens of books.
There had been dozens of attempts at reform.

dozen

A counting unit equal to 12.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.dozen - the cardinal number that is the sum of eleven and onedozen - 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 unitsdozen - denoting a quantity consisting of 12 items or units
cardinal - being or denoting a numerical quantity but not order; "cardinal numbers"
Translations
دَزّينَه، إثنا عَشَردَسْتَة
tucet
dusin
tusina
tucet
tucat
tylft
12個
다스
dešimtystuzinas
ducis
tucet
ducat
dussin
หนึ่งโหล

dozen

[ˈdʌzn] Ndocena f
80p a dozen80 peniques la docena
a dozen eggsuna docena de huevos
they arrived in their dozens or by the dozenllegaban docenas de ellos
dozens of times/peoplecantidad f de veces/gente

dozen

[ˈdʌzən] n
(= twelve) → douzaine f
two dozen → deux douzaines
a dozen eggs → une douzaine d'œufs
two dozen eggs → deux douzaines d'œufs
80p a dozen → 80p la douzaine
dozens of (= lots of) → des dizaines de
I've told you that dozens of times → Je t'ai dit ça des dizaines de fois.

dozen

nDutzend nt; 80p a dozen80 Pence das Dutzend; two dozen eggszwei Dutzend Eier; half a dozensechs, ein halbes Dutzend; dozensjede Menge; (fig inf)eine ganze Menge; dozens of times (inf)x-mal (inf), → tausendmal; there are dozens like that (inf)das gibts wie Sand am Meer; there were dozens of incidents like this one (inf)es gab dutzende or Dutzende solcher Vorfälle; dozens of people came (inf)dutzende or Dutzende von Leuten kamen

dozen

[ˈdʌzn] ndozzina
80p a dozen → 80 pence la dozzina
a dozen eggs → una dozzina d'uova
dozens of times → centinaia or migliaia di volte
dozens of people → decine fpl di persone

dozen

(ˈdazn) plurals ˈdozens (after a number or a word signifying a quantity) ˈdozen noun
a group of twelve. two dozen handkerchiefs; These eggs are 50 cents a dozen; Half-a-dozen eggs, please.
dozens (of)
very many. I've been there dozens of times.

dozen

دَسْتَة tucet dusin Dutzend ντουζίνα docena tusina douzaine tucet dozzina 12個 다스 dozijn dusin tuzin dúzia дюжина dussin หนึ่งโหล düzine 一打

dozen

n. docena.
References in classic literature ?
For instance, after a dozen middle figures there would always occur a dozen or so outer ones.
As I watched them disposing of the mangled remains of M'ling, I heard a light footfall behind me, and turning quickly saw the big Hyena-swine perhaps a dozen yards away.
In the end, he gave in to a month, which was well, for in two weeks he was transferred, with half a dozen other drivers, to work from the big stables of Corberly and Morrison in West Oakland.
From a dozen places--one close at hand--a long, level stream of light seemed to shoot out towards the clouds.
The forces of a dozen European nations burst into Russia.
DEAR MAKAR ALEXIEVITCH, -Bwikov has just informed me that I must have at least three dozen linen blouses; so I must go at once and look for sempstresses to make two out of the three dozen, since time presses.
And he backed this opinion to the extent of grub-staking half a dozen parties of prospectors across the big divide into the Indian River region.
Quickly Kaviri designated a dozen warriors to accompany Tarzan.
Before he got very far along in the art of the storiette, Martin worked out half a dozen stock forms, which he always consulted when constructing storiettes.
Even the Cock-lane ghost had been laid only a round dozen of years, after rapping out its messages, as the spirits of this very year last past(supernaturally deficient in originality) rapped out theirs.
There were half a dozen flies or more from the Woking station standing in the road by the sand pits, a basket- chaise from Chobham, and a rather lordly carriage.
It was only of polished brass, continued the circular, though it was invariably mistaken for solid gold, and the shade that accompanied it (at least it accompanied it if the agent sold a hundred extra cakes) was of crinkled crepe paper printed in a dozen delicious hues, from which the joy-dazzled agent might take his choice.