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I just love the days when you come out of the archives with half a dozen excellent descriptions or poignant accounts of personal experiences.
Antony Beevor

Meaning of "dozen" in the English dictionary

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ETYMOLOGY OF THE WORD DOZEN

From Old French douzaine, from douze twelve, from Latin duodecim, from duo two + decem ten.
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PRONUNCIATION OF DOZEN

dozen  [ˈdʌzən] play
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GRAMMATICAL CATEGORY OF DOZEN

noun
adjective
verb
adverb
pronoun
preposition
conjunction
determiner
exclamation
Dozen can act as a noun and a determiner.
A noun is a type of word the meaning of which determines reality. Nouns provide the names for all things: people, objects, sensations, feelings, etc.

The determinant is a modifier that provides context to the noun, often in terms of quantity and possession.

WHAT DOES DOZEN MEAN IN ENGLISH?

dozen

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 it has more divisors than other small numbers: 12 = 2 × 6 = 3 × 4 = 1 × 12. 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 big, or long dozen, is 13.

Definition of dozen in the English dictionary

The definition of dozen in the dictionary is preceded by a or a numeral twelve or a group of twelve. Other definition of dozen is twelve or a group of twelve.

WORDS THAT RHYME WITH DOZEN


amazon
ˈæməzən
cater-cousin
ˈkeɪtəˌkʌzən
chosen
ˈtʃəʊzən
citizen
ˈsɪtɪzən
cousin
ˈkʌzən
couzin
ˈkʌzən
cozen
ˈkʌzən
crimson
ˈkrɪmzən
Curzon
ˈkɜːzən
frozen
ˈfrəʊzən
horizon
həˈraɪzən
off-season
ˌɒfˈsiːzən
poison
ˈpɔɪzən
prison
ˈprɪzən
raisin
ˈreɪzən
reason
ˈriːzən
risen
ˈrɪzən
season
ˈsiːzən
Susan
ˈsuːzən
Tarzan
ˈtɑːzən

WORDS THAT BEGIN LIKE DOZEN

doxy
doxycycline
doy
doyen
doyenne
Doyle
doyley
doylies
doyly
doz.
doze
dozed
dozens
dozenth
dozer
dozier
doziest
dozily
doziness
dozy

WORDS THAT END LIKE DOZEN

a dime a dozen
baker´s dozen
Bozen
by the dozen
deepfrozen
half a dozen
half-dozen
half-frozen
lozen
nonfrozen
quick-frozen
refrozen
talk nineteen to the dozen
unfrozen

Synonyms and antonyms of dozen in the English dictionary of synonyms

SYNONYMS

Translation of «dozen» into 25 languages

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TRANSLATION OF DOZEN

Find out the translation of dozen to 25 languages with our English multilingual translator.
The translations of dozen from English to other languages presented in this section have been obtained through automatic statistical translation; where the essential translation unit is the word «dozen» in English.

Translator English - Chinese

一打
1,325 millions of speakers

Translator English - Spanish

docena
570 millions of speakers

English

dozen
510 millions of speakers

Translator English - Hindi

दर्जन
380 millions of speakers
ar

Translator English - Arabic

دَسْتَة
280 millions of speakers

Translator English - Russian

дюжина
278 millions of speakers

Translator English - Portuguese

dúzia
270 millions of speakers

Translator English - Bengali

ডজন
260 millions of speakers

Translator English - French

douzaine
220 millions of speakers

Translator English - Malay

Sedozen
190 millions of speakers

Translator English - German

Dutzend
180 millions of speakers

Translator English - Japanese

12個
130 millions of speakers

Translator English - Korean

다스
85 millions of speakers

Translator English - Javanese

Rolas
85 millions of speakers
vi

Translator English - Vietnamese

80 millions of speakers

Translator English - Tamil

டஜன்
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Marathi

डझन
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Turkish

düzine
70 millions of speakers

Translator English - Italian

dozzina
65 millions of speakers

Translator English - Polish

tuzin
50 millions of speakers

Translator English - Ukrainian

дюжина
40 millions of speakers

Translator English - Romanian

duzină
30 millions of speakers
el

Translator English - Greek

ντουζίνα
15 millions of speakers
af

Translator English - Afrikaans

dosyn
14 millions of speakers
sv

Translator English - Swedish

dussin
10 millions of speakers
no

Translator English - Norwegian

dusin
5 millions of speakers

Trends of use of dozen

TRENDS

TENDENCIES OF USE OF THE TERM «DOZEN»

The term «dozen» is very widely used and occupies the 9.731 position in our list of most widely used terms in the English dictionary.
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FREQUENCY OF USE OF THE TERM «DOZEN» OVER TIME

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Examples of use in the English literature, quotes and news about dozen

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10 QUOTES WITH «DOZEN»

Famous quotes and sentences with the word dozen.
1
Jonathan Ames
Even when I was living below the poverty line as a novelist, I was still living better than 99.5% of the human population of the world. But in my little, soft realm of trying to amuse a few dozen middle-class people with my books and articles, I did struggle to survive in my own way.
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Ned Beauman
Until I was 16, I read nothing but science fiction. I loved William Gibson and I still do. But my favourite book when I was growing up, for a long time, was 'Snow Crash' by Neal Stephenson, which I must have read about a dozen times when I was a teenager.
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Antony Beevor
I just love the days when you come out of the archives with half a dozen excellent descriptions or poignant accounts of personal experiences.
4
Jo Bonner
Help is even being offered from across the ocean, as over two dozen countries have stepped forward to offer financial and material support to the American people.
5
Warren Buffett
In the 20th century, the United States endured two world wars and other traumatic and expensive military conflicts; the Depression; a dozen or so recessions and financial panics; oil shocks; a flu epidemic; and the resignation of a disgraced president. Yet the Dow rose from 66 to 11,497.
6
Richard Francis Burton
One death to a man is a serious thing: a dozen neutralize one another.
7
Julian Casablancas
With a hundred ways to do a dozen things, why not try it all?
8
Justin Chon
When it comes to romance, I believe in keeping it simple. With my last girlfriend, we were on our way to our favorite restaurant when I pretended that the car was crappin' out. I asked her to get out and check if smoke was coming from the exhaust. When she did, I popped the trunk and inside were six dozen roses and a stuffed bear.
9
Wendy Craig
One rose says more than the dozen.
10
Macaulay Culkin
Sometimes I feel like I have a dozen different people inside of me. I've always been that way, and I've always written stuff down.

10 ENGLISH BOOKS RELATING TO «DOZEN»

Discover the use of dozen in the following bibliographical selection. Books relating to dozen and brief extracts from same to provide context of its use in English literature.
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Cheaper by the Dozen
The classic American memoir of twelve kids, two parents, and a world of laughter and love Translated into more than fifty languages and adapted into two classic motion pictures, Cheaper by the Dozen is the unforgettable story of the ...
Frank B. Gilbreth, Ernestine Gilbreth Carey, 2013
2
The Dirty Dozen: How Twelve Supreme Court Cases Radically ...
A non-lawyer's guide to the worst Supreme Court decisions of the modern era.
Robert A. Levy, William Mellor, 2009
3
Denise's Daily Dozen: The Easy, Every Day Program to Lose Up ...
At it's core, this book contains the minimum daily requirements to keep the reader flexible, strong and trim. Organized simply into seven chapters, which equal the seven days of the week, it covers a full week in daily allotments.
Denise Austin, 2010
4
Beaker's Dozen
For whom? Of the thirteen stories in this book, eight of them are concerned with what might come out of the beakers and test tubes and gene sequencers of microbiology. Not everything in these stories will come to pass.
Nancy Kress, 1999
5
Deadly Dozen: Forgotten Gunfighters of the Old West
These stories span eight decades, from the gold rushes of the 1850s to the 1920s.
Robert K. DeArment, 2012
6
A Dozen French Farces: Medieval to Modern
Contains twelve plays that have been translated into modern English so that everyone can enjoy the fun. Albert Bermel is a well published critic of modern theatre and has received awards and recognition for his work.
Albert Bermel, 1997
7
Baker's Dozen: Short Stories from India
The stories in this collection are about ordinary women overcoming, coping with, or triumphing over extra-ordinary circumstances.
Shoma A. Chatterji, 2003
8
Dubliners' Dozen: The Games Narrators Play
Instead of settling for a single theory, Dubliners' Dozen by contrast, applies a different contemporary theoretical lens to each of the stories.
Gerald Doherty, 2004
9
The Dirty Dozen: Toxic Chemicals and the Earth's Future
The Dirty Dozen are the 12 organochloride pesticides and industrial chemicals that comprise the short list for elimination by the Stockholm Convention.
Bruce Elliott Johansen, 2003
10
A Witch's Dozen
Deborah Blake Presents Thirteen Practical, Powerful Rituals Discover a Witch's dozen of the most commonly requested and helpful rituals from Deborah Blake, noted author and Witch.
Deborah Blake, 2012

10 NEWS ITEMS WHICH INCLUDE THE TERM «DOZEN»

Find out what the national and international press are talking about and how the term dozen is used in the context of the following news items.
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'Doobie Dozen' member sues police over 2010 raid
Yet another member of the so-called “Doobie Dozen” filed a lawsuit against state and local law enforcement agents who shut down his mobile ... «New Times SLO, Jul 15»
2
A dozen developers file proposals for GRTC bus depot
A dozen companies submitted proposals by Wednesday's deadline to redevelop more than seven acres of prime real estate in Richmond's Fan ... «WWBT NBC12 News, Jul 15»
3
'Dirty Dozen' Liberal Blue States Going Broke
In fact, 11 of the 14 least fiscally solvent states are also on the list of the “dirty dozen” most liberal blue states. In descending order of fiscal ... «Breitbart News, Jul 15»
4
Man breaks into Lolita's Mexican Restaurant, steals 15 dozen tamales
The first time since they put up their new surveillance system with more than a dozen cameras. "We feel lucky, we've been blessed because all ... «KXXV News Channel 25, Jul 15»
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Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden Acquires A Dozen New …
Coinciding with the release of a quasi-confession from Bill Cosby, whose art collection is on view until early 2016 at the Smithsonian's National ... «ARTnews, Jul 15»
6
Man allegedly burglarizes 'about a dozen' people at Utah assisted …
Bountiful police say a man burglarized about a dozen people at an assisted living home. The afternoon of July 1, the suspect allegedly spent ... «Salt Lake Tribune, Jul 15»
7
College Station Police Investigating More than Two Dozen Cases of …
Several of the burglaries happened at apartment complexes and other residential areas near the 1900 block of Dartmouth in College Station. «KBTX, Jul 15»
8
A dozen fires deliberately set on North Vancouver trail
Firefighters extinguished more than a dozen fires Wednesday along trails in the tinder dry forest in Hastings Creek Park. Calls to 911 started ... «CTV News, Jul 15»
9
United Airlines' ground stop affects a dozen flights at ABIA
All United flights in the U.S. had been grounded due to computer issues but less than two hours later the Federal Aviation Administration lifted ... «MyFox Austin, Jul 15»
10
Full Count » Wednesday Red Sox Farm Report: Yoan Moncada a …
... Blog Network. RSS · WEEI » Full Count » Wednesday Red Sox Farm Report: Yoan Moncada a dozen games hot; Ty Buttrey bounces back ... «WEEI.com, Jul 15»

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« EDUCALINGO. Dozen [online]. Available <https://educalingo.com/en/dic-en/dozen>. Aug 2019 ».
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