What does dozen mean?

Definitions for dozen
ˈdʌz əndozen

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. twelve, 12, XII, dozen(adj)

    the cardinal number that is the sum of eleven and one

  2. twelve, 12, xii, dozen(adj)

    denoting a quantity consisting of 12 items or units


  1. dozen(Noun)

    A set of twelve.

  2. dozen(Noun)

    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.

  3. dozen(Noun)

    An old English measure of ore containing 12 hundredweight.

  4. Origin: From douzaine, from duodecim, from duo + decem

Webster Dictionary

  1. Dozen

    of Dozen

  2. Dozen(noun)

    a collection of twelve objects; a tale or set of twelve; with or without of before the substantive which follows

  3. Dozen(noun)

    an indefinite small number

  4. Origin: [OE. doseine, dosein, OF. doseine, F. douzaine, fr. douze twelve, fr. L. duodecim; duo two + decem ten. See Two, Ten, and cf. Duodecimal.]


  1. Dozen

    A dozen is a grouping of twelve. The dozen may be one of the earliest primitive groupings, perhaps because there are approximately a dozen cycles of the moon or months in a cycle of the sun or year. Twelve is convenient because its multiples and divisors are convenient: 12 = 2 × 2 × 3, 3 × 4 = 12, 2 × 6 = 12, 60 = 12 × 5, 360 = 12 × 30. The use of twelve as a base number, known as the duodecimal system, probably originated in Mesopotamia. This could come from counting on one's fingers by counting each finger bone with one's thumb. Using this method, one hand can count to twelve, and two hands can count to 144. Twelve dozen are known as a gross; and twelve gross are called a great gross, a term most often used when shipping or buying items in bulk. A great hundred, also known as a small gross, is 120 or ten dozen. A baker's dozen, also known as a long dozen, is thirteen.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Dozen

    duz′n, adj. two and ten, or twelve.—n. a collection of twelve articles.—adj. Doz′enth.—Baker's dozen, Devil's dozen, thirteen. [O. Fr. dozeine—L. duodecimduo, two, and decem, ten.]

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'dozen' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #3738

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'dozen' in Written Corpus Frequency: #2355

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'dozen' in Nouns Frequency: #1222

Anagrams for dozen »

  1. zoned

  2. zendo

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of dozen in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of dozen in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Examples of dozen in a Sentence

  1. Brad Pitt:

    Heartthrobs are a dime a dozen

  2. English Proverb:

    One boy is more trouble that a dozen girls.

  3. Glenn Green:

    We have about a dozen devices that we are making right now.

  4. John Leahy:

    I'd say that we're talking to at least half a dozen (customers).

  5. Mohammad Moniruzzaman:

    The onrush of water submerged a vast area along with several dozen villages.

Images & Illustrations of dozen

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