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noun (plural 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.
Translations: 
  • 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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