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doz·en / ˈdəzən/ (abbr.: dz.) • n. 1. (pl. same) a group or set of twelve: a dozen bottles of sherry. ∎  (dozens) inf. a lot: she has dozens of admirers. 2. (the dozens) an exchange of insults engaged in as a game or ritual among black Americans. PHRASES: by the dozen in large quantities.DERIVATIVES: doz·enth / ˈdəzən[unvoicedth]/ adj.

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dozen XIII. ME. dozein(e) — OF. dozeine, -aine (mod. douzaine); Rom. deriv. with -ēna (as in L. decēna, centēna, etc. group of 10, 100, etc.), f. *do(t)ze :- *dōdece :- L. duodecim 12, f. duo TWO + decem TEN.

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dozen a group or set of twelve. Recorded from Middle English, the word comes ultimately (via Old French) from Latin duodecim ‘twelve’.

See also baker's dozen, devil's dozen.

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Dozen

a collection of twelve objects; also an indefinite small number.

Examples: dozen of ale, 1677; of beer, 1893; of bread, 1574; of wine; of wonders, 1340.

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