- 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 [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 dozens [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. Word Origin Middle English: from Old French dozeine, based on Latin duodecim
very common and therefore not valuable Teachers of history are ten a penny.