- 1a group of twelve things
- 2a quantity of something that is twelve in number
Using dozen: Examples
Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "dozen" can be used in various situations through the following examples!
I need a dozen eggs for the recipe.
He bought a dozen roses for his wife.
The store sells donuts by the dozen.
dozen Synonyms and Antonyms
Synonyms for dozen
Phrases with dozen
a baker's dozen
thirteen items, typically used when selling items by the dozen to ensure the customer gets an extra item
The baker always gives a baker's dozen to his regular customers.
Those cheap souvenirs are a dime a dozen at the tourist shops.
She was so excited about her trip that she talked nineteen to the dozen about it.
Origins of dozen
from Old English 'dutzan', meaning 'a group of twelve'
Summary: dozen in Brief
'Dozen' [duhz-uhn] refers to a group of twelve things or a quantity of twelve. It is commonly used when referring to items sold in sets of twelve, such as eggs or roses. The phrase 'a baker's dozen' means thirteen items, while 'a dime a dozen' means something that is common and easy to find.