dozen

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From Old French dozaine (a group of twelve) (French douzaine), from doze (twelve) + -aine (-ish), from Latin duodecim (twelve) (from duo (two) + decem (ten)) + -ana (-ish)

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dozen (plural dozens)

  1. (countable) A set of twelve.
    Can I have a dozen eggs, please?
    I ordered two dozen doughnuts.
    There shouldn't be more than two dozen Christmas cards left to write.
    Pack the shirts in dozens, please.
  2. (as plural only, always followed by of) A large, unspecified number of, comfortably estimated in small multiples of twelve, thus generally implied to be significantly more than ten or twelve, but less than perhaps one or two hundred; many.
    There must have been dozens of examples just on the first page.
    There were dozens and dozens of applicants before the job was posted.
    • 2012 March 1, Lee A. Groat, “Gemstones”, American Scientist, volume 100, number 2, page 128: 
      Although there are dozens of different types of gems, among the best known and most important are diamond, ruby and sapphire, emerald and other gem forms of the mineral beryl, chrysoberyl, tanzanite, tsavorite, topaz and jade.
  3. (metallurgy) An old English measure of ore containing 12 hundredweight.
    • 1957, H.R. Schubert, History of the British Iron and Steel Industry, p. 139
      The dozen as a measure for iron ore remained almost completely constant at 12 cwts. during the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries.

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  • (followed by of: a large number of): few

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dozen

  1. Plural form of doos

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