noun (plural when used attributively, dozens otherwise)
- (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.
- (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.
- An old English measure of ore containing 12 hundredweight.
- 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.
- Dutch: dozijn (1), tientallen (2), dozijnen (2)
- French: des dizaine, dizaines, des douzaine, douzaines, des vingtaine, vingtaines, (of: de)
- German: Dutzend, Dutzende (of: von)
- Italian: centinaio, centinaia, migliaio, migliaia (of: di)
- Spanish: docena
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