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(1)   Denoting a quantity consisting of 12 items or units


(2)   The cardinal number that is the sum of eleven and one


  1. A set of twelve.
    Can I have a dozen eggs, please?
    I ordered two dozen doughnuts.
    There shouldn't be more than two dozen Christmas cards left to write.
    Pack the shirts in dozens, please.
  2. 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.
    There must have been dozens of examples just on the first page.
    There were dozens and dozens of applicants before the job was posted.
  3. An old English measure of ore containing 12 hundredweight.
    • 1957, H.R. Schubert, History of the British Iron and Steel Industry, p. 139
      The dozen as a measure for iron ore remained almost completely constant at 12 cwts. during the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries.


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