noun, plural doz·ens, (as after a numeral) doz·en.
Origin of dozen1
Definition for dozens (2 of 2)
verb (used with object) Scot.
Origin of dozen2
Examples from the Web for dozens
Within hours, the Indonesian navy said dozens of bodies were being seen.
Dozens of tearful family members huddled at the Surabaya and Singapore airports, anxiously awaiting news of loved ones.The Presumed Crash of AirAsia Flight QZ8501 Is Nothing Like MH370|Lennox Samuels|December 29, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Justin gazed out from the dim interior as more than 300 police motorcycles from dozens of jurisdictions rumbled past.Choking Back Tears, Thousands of Cops Honor Fallen Officer Ramos|Michael Daly|December 28, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Emory is also one of dozens of higher education institutions with open Title IX sexual violence investigations.
Unfortunately, dozens of pyramids are missing their peaks thanks to an overeager, gold-seeking explorer.
There was something in this, for there were hundreds then, where there are now dozens, and it was risky.Some Reminiscences of old Victoria|Edgar Fawcett
Mamma is like the princess who felt the pea through all the dozens of mattresses, isnt she?The Dull Miss Archinard|Anne Douglas Sedgwick
Then she will put them together, tie them in dozens, and lay herself down on that bed that contains the two children.London's Underworld|Thomas Holmes
A soft darkness seemed spread over everything, and by dozens the stars went out.In Wild Rose Time|Amanda M. Douglas
While she was in London that personal touch could be established with clients by dozens.This Freedom|A. S. M. Hutchinson
British Dictionary definitions for dozens (1 of 2)
British Dictionary definitions for dozens (2 of 2)
- 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 dozens
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 dozens
see baker's dozen; by the dozen; daily dozen; dime a dozen; six of one, half dozen of the other.