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ˈdʌz əndozen

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. twelve, 12, XII, dozenadjective

    the cardinal number that is the sum of eleven and one

  2. twelve, 12, xii, dozenadjective

    denoting a quantity consisting of 12 items or units


  1. dozennoun

    A set of twelve.

  2. dozennoun

    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. dozennoun

    An old English measure of ore containing 12 hundredweight.

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

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Dozennoun

    The number of twelve.

    Etymology: douzaine, French.

    We cannot lodge and board a dozen or fourteen gentlewomen, but it will be thought we keep a bawdyhouse straight. William Shakespeare, Henry V.

    That they bear such huge leaves, or delicate fruit, I could never find; yet I have travelled a dozen miles together under them. Walter Raleigh, History of the World.

    By putting twelve units together, we have the complex idea of a dozen. John Locke.

    The number of dissenters was something under a dozen with them. Jonathan Swift, concerning the Sacramental Test.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Dozen

    of Dozen

  2. Dozennoun

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

  3. Dozennoun

    an indefinite small number

  4. Etymology: [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. zendo

  2. zoned

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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. Jarred Evans:

    Jared Evans, a football player among the 195 evacuees, said in an interview Thursday night. After dinner, Jared Evans said, most people head straight to their rooms. Jarred Evans, a professional football player in China, is one of the Americans evacuated from a Chinese city at the center of the deadly coronavirus outbreak. ( AP Photo/Patricio Espinoza) They were flown out of Wuhan, the Chinese city at the epicenter of the outbreak, on Wednesday and while on the base have been given blood tests and nose, throat and mouth swabs. Most of the virus cases are in China, but the outbreak has spread to more than a dozen countries, and the World Health Organization declared a global emergency Thursday. The U.S. has advised against all travel to Chinaand on Thursday confirmed the countrys first case of person-to-person spread of the virus, a man who is married to a Chicago woman in her 60s who got sick after she returned from a trip to Wuhan. AMERICAN AIRLINES LATEST TO CANCEL ALL FLIGHTS TO CHINA AMID CORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK One person tried to leave the base Wednesday night and Riverside County officials ordered the person quarantined for two weeks unless medically cleared before then, said Jose Arballo Jr., a spokesman for the countys public health agency. That means the unidentified person must remain with the group on the base, he said. Jose Arballo Jr. said early Friday that none of the passengers had shown signs of the illness but that Jose Arballo Jr. was about to go into a briefing for an update on the evacuees health. The evacuees are staying in hotel-style housing on the base and spent time Thursday exercising in a grassy area, some wearing masks, Jose Arballo Jr. said. A mobile medical clinic was set up in that area of the base so the evacuees will not have to go elsewhere for medical care if they need it, Jose Arballo Jr. said. Jarred Evans, who moved to Wuhan several years ago to play in a Chinese football league, said Jarred Evans would stay at the base until testing shows Jarred Evans is free of the virus. SIGN UP FOR THE FOX HEALTH NEWSLETTER Before the outbreak took hold, Jarred Evans said people in the city of 11 million people were happy as they prepared for the Lunar New Year holiday season. After news broke about rapidly expanding outbreak, Jarred Evans said residents swarmed pharmacies and stores to buy masks and disinfectant spray. The Chinese government shut down the city banning buses, trains, taxis, and personal cars and the military patrolled some streets and Jarred Evans compared its deserted atmosphere to an Old West ghost town. Imagine New York City being shut down, i was completely scared at first, because I didnt know exactly what was going to happen.

  2. Mordechai Zaken:

    There were several dozen families that had some distant family connection to Judaism, most of these people are Muslim Kurds who perhaps have a grandmother or great-grandmother of Jewish origin who converted to Islam two or three generations ago.

  3. Christiane Northrup:

    Kevin and I know each other from the disinformation dozen, which Joe Biden personally has said is responsible for the deaths of so many.

  4. Alexis Temkin:

    If the things you love to eat are on the' Dirty Dozen' list, we recommend buying organic versions when you can, several peer-reviewed studies and clinical trials have looked at what happens when people switch to a fully organic diet.

  5. Joe Desilets:

    The GOP field is in development, with support spread among a dozen announced and potential candidates, attacking any fellow Republicans at this stage is all downside, zero upside. … Right now, there is no benefit to attacking anyone other than the one candidate you know you will square off against: Hillary Clinton.

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