Complete Definition of "dozen"

English

Pronunciation
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Rhymes: Rhymes:English:-ÊzÉn|-ÊzÉn

Noun
en-noun|plural dozen when used attributively, dozens otherwise

  1. countable A set of twelve.

#: Can I have a dozen eggs, please?
#: There shouldn't be more than two dozen Christmas cards left to write.
#: Pack the shirts in dozens, please.

  1. context|As plural only|always followed by of Dozens 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.

  1. An old English measure of ore containing 12 hundredweight.

#: Quotations
#:* 1957: The dozen as a measure for iron ore remained almost completely constant at 12 cwts. during the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. — H.R. Schubert, History of the British Iron and Steel Industry, p. 139.

Synonyms
i-c|a large number score|scores, scad|scads, a great deal

Derived terms
baker's dozen
Botany Bay dozen
cheaper by the dozen
six_of_one%2C_half_a_dozen_of_the_other|six of one, half (a) dozen of the other

Translations
trans-top|twelve
Bosnian: tuce n
Czech: tucet m
Dutch: dozijn n (1), tientallen p (2), dozijnen p (2)
Estonian: tosin
Finnish: tusina, kymmenisen (about ten)
French: douzaine f
Galician: ducia f
German: Dutzend n (1)
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Italian: dozzina f
Japanese: ãã¼ã¹ (dÄsu)
Portuguese: dúzia f
Serbian:

Slovene: ducat m
Spanish: docena f
Swedish: dussin n
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trans-top|dozens: a large number
Finnish: kymmenen|kymmeniä, sata|satoja (of: + partitive plural), tusinoittain
French: des dizaine|dizaines, des douzaine|douzaines, des vingtaine|vingtaines, (of: de)
German: Dutzend|Dutzende (of: von)
Italian: centinaio|centinaia, migliaio|migliaia (of: di)
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Category:English nouns with irregular plurals


Dutch

Noun
dozen

  1. plural of doos

Translations
English: boxes

Category:Historical numbers
Category:Units of measure

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