noun, plural doz·ens, (as after a numeral) doz·en.
Origin of dozen1
Definition for dozen (2 of 2)
verb (used with object) Scot.
Origin of dozen2
Examples from the Web for dozen
Perhaps on his own nowadays, Epstein is trying his best to webmaster over a dozen URLs.Sleazy Billionaire’s Double Life Featured Beach Parties With Stephen Hawking|M.L. Nestel|January 8, 2015|DAILY BEAST
A dozen Revolutionary Guards were caught deep inside Pakistan, tracking Rigi.The Dangerous Drug-Funded Secret War Between Iran and Pakistan|Umar Farooq|December 29, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Another picture showed him surrounded by a dozen or so fighters—some masked and others laughing.
A gifted marketer, he sent samples of the hat to merchandisers all over the West, asking for a minimum order of a dozen.
In a country where talk is “cheap” and opinions are “a dime a dozen,” we give the facts special privileges and special status.
A dozen or more fell into the boat, and were eagerly seized and killed by the famishing crew.The Voyage of the "Steadfast"|W.H.G. Kingston
In not over a dozen of these calls did any of the cases demand immediate attention from a medical standpoint.The Eugenic Marriage, Vol. 3 (of 4)|W. Grant Hague
A request for whiskey addressed to a car containing a dozen men accustomed to wrest metals from the earth was not in vain.The Penalty|Gouverneur Morris
Half a dozen times he rushed hither and yon, but at all times he felt the spring of the splendid toy in my hand.Mr. Dide, His Vacation in Colorado|Lewis B. France
Before supper she found, by half a dozen telephone calls, that Fern had fled to the Minniemashie House.Main Street|Sinclair Lewis
British Dictionary definitions for dozen
- twelve or a group of twelvea dozen eggs; two dozen oranges
- (as pronoun; functioning as sing or plural)give me a dozen; there are at least a dozen who haven't arrived yet
noun plural dozens or dozen
Word Origin for dozen
Word Origin and History for dozen
c.1300, from Old French dozaine "a dozen," from doze (12c.) "twelve," from Latin duodecim "twelve," from duo "two" + decem "ten" (see ten).
The Old French fem. suffix -aine is characteristically added to cardinals to form collectives in a precise sense ("exactly 12," not "about 12"). The dozens "invective contest" (1928) originated in slave culture, the custom probably African, the word probably from bulldoze (q.v.) in its original sense of "a whipping, a thrashing."
Idioms and Phrases with dozen
see baker's dozen; by the dozen; daily dozen; dime a dozen; six of one, half dozen of the other.