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Definition of dozen noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary

      

    dozen

     noun,determiner
    noun, determiner
    NAmE//ˈdʌzn//
     
    (pl. dozen)
     
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  1. 1[countable] (abbreviation doz.) a group of twelve of the same thing Give me a dozen, please. two dozen eggs three dozen red roses see also baker's dozen
  2. 2[countable] a group of approximately twelve people or things several dozen/a few dozen people The company employs no more than a couple of dozen people. Only about half a dozen people turned up. There was only space for a half-dozen tables.
  3. 3dozens [plural] (informal) a lot of people or things They arrived in dozens (= in large numbers). dozen of something I've been there dozens of times.
  4. Idioms
    a dime a dozen
     
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    very common and therefore not valuable
    it's six of one and half a dozen of the other (saying)
     
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    used to say that there is not much real difference between two possible choices
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: dozen

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