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dozen (ˈdʌzən Pronunciation for dozen



  1. preceded by a or a numeral
    1. twelve or a group of twelve   ⇒ a dozen eggs, two dozen oranges
    2. (as pronoun; functioning as sing or plural)   ⇒ give me a dozen, there are at least a dozen who haven't arrived yet


Word forms:   plural dozens, dozen
  1. See by the dozen

  2. See baker's dozen
  3. See talk nineteen to the dozen

Derived Forms

ˈdozenth adjective

Word Origin

C13: from Old French douzaine, from douze twelve, from Latin duodecim, from duo two + decem ten

Translations for 'dozen'

  • British English: dozenPronunciation for dozen A dozen means twelve.Will you buy some bread and a dozen eggs please?ˈdʌzn NUMBER
  • Arabic: دَسْتَةPronunciation for دَسْتَة
  • Brazilian Portuguese: dúziaPronunciation for dúzia
  • Chinese: 一打Pronunciation for 一打
  • Croatian: tucetPronunciation for tucet
  • Czech: tucetPronunciation for tucet
  • Danish: dusinPronunciation for dusin
  • Dutch: dozijnPronunciation for dozijn
  • European Spanish: docenaPronunciation for docena
  • Finnish: tusinaPronunciation for tusina
  • French: douzainePronunciation for douzaine
  • German: DutzendPronunciation for Dutzend
  • Greek: ντουζίναPronunciation for ντουζίνα
  • Italian: dozzinaPronunciation for dozzina
  • Japanese: 12個Pronunciation for 12個
  • Korean: 다스Pronunciation for 다스
  • Norwegian: dusinPronunciation for dusin
  • Polish: tuzinPronunciation for tuzin
  • Portuguese: dúziaPronunciation for dúzia
  • Romanian: duzină duzini
  • Russian: дюжинаPronunciation for дюжина
  • Spanish: docenaPronunciation for docena
  • Swedish: dussinPronunciation for dussin
  • Thai: หนึ่งโหลPronunciation for หนึ่งโหล
  • Turkish: düzinePronunciation for düzine
  • Ukrainian: дюжина
  • Vietnamese: Pronunciation for tá

Example Sentences Including 'dozen'

A few dozen mainly elderly people make their way down the steps of Dublin's Pro-Cathedral.
Irish Times (2002)
At the flower shop I asked the girl who helped me for a dozen red roses.
Stuart Harrison BETTER THAN THIS (2002)
He and a crew panel of some dozen sailors and hillwalkers, including regular crewmate Mr Kevin Cronin, were heartbroken at the loss.
Irish Times (2002)
Light was refracted through the cut glass of two dozen chandeliers.
Mark Burnell CHAMELEON (2002)
Lions was awarded many international awards, including the Japan Prize, and has honourary degrees from nearly two dozen universities.
Glasgow Herald (2001)
So the distances to a few dozen stars in each cluster were averaged.
New Scientist (2004)
The French dead and wounded were left, and a dozen British seamen were searching their bodies.
Bernard Cornwell SHARPE'S TRAFALGAR (2001)
The clearing had become a dome of light, a circle watched over by the ferocity of a dozen halogen lamps.
Robert Wilson BLOOD IS DIRT (2002)
You may be surprised to hear that even in the tiniest of gardens, one can easily accommodate half a dozen willows.
Glasgow Herald (2001)


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