[ duhz-uhn ]
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noun,plural doz·ens, (as after a numeral) doz·en.
  1. a group of 12.

  2. the dozens, Slang. a ritualized game typically engaged in by two persons each of whom attempts to outdo the other in insults directed against members of the other's family (usually used in the phrase play the dozens).


Origin of dozen

1250–1300; Middle English dozeine<Old French do(u)zaine, equivalent to do(u)ze (<Latin duodecim) + -aine (<Latin -āna) -an

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[ doh-zuhn ]

verb (used with object)Scot.
  1. to stun.

Origin of dozen

1325–75; Middle English (Scots); see doze1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use dozen in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for dozen


/ (ˈdʌzən) /

  1. (preceded by a or a numeral)

    • twelve or a group of twelve: a 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

nounplural dozens or dozen
  1. by the dozen in large quantities

  1. talk nineteen to the dozen to talk without stopping

Origin of dozen

C13: from Old French douzaine, from douze twelve, from Latin duodecim, from duo two + decem ten

Derived forms of dozen

  • dozenth, adjective

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Other 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.

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