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1. pl. dozen Abbr. doz. or dz. A set of 12.
2. dozens An indefinite, large number: dozens of errands to run.

[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.
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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
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(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).
3. containing 12 parts.
[1250–1300; Middle English dozeine < Old French do(u)zaine <do(u)ze (< Latin duodecim)]
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 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.
Dictionary of Collective Nouns and Group Terms. Copyright 2008 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.


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.
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A counting unit equal to 12.
Dictionary of Unfamiliar Words by Diagram Group Copyright © 2008 by Diagram Visual Information Limited
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"
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[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
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[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.
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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
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[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
Collins Italian Dictionary 1st Edition © HarperCollins Publishers 1995


(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.
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دَسْتَة tucet dusin Dutzend ντουζίνα docena tusina douzaine tucet dozzina 12個 다스 dozijn dusin tuzin dúzia дюжина dussin หนึ่งโหล düzine 一打
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n. docena.
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References in classic literature ?
He started several topics of conversation, but he could get little out of her, and he remembered with irritation that he had seen her talking nineteen to the dozen and laughing with the German.
Yolland talking nineteen to the dozen, and placing the most entire confidence in him.
I assume he enjoys speaking to schoolchildren; in fact, he's exactly like the madly enthusiastic teacher all of us had at some point -- the one who looked a bit eccentric, bounded into class and started talking nineteen to the dozen, so excited he might trip over his own words and elicit affectionate giggles.