half-dozen

[ half-duhz-uh n, hahf- ]
/ ˈhælfˈdʌz ən, ˈhɑf- /

noun

one half of a dozen; six.

adjective

considering six as a unit; consisting of six.

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Origin of half-dozen

late Middle English word dating back to 1375–1425
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British Dictionary definitions for half-dozen

half-dozen

determiner

(preceded by a)
  1. six or a group of sixa half-dozen roses
  2. (as pronoun; functioning as singular or plural)at least a half-dozen
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