from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A set of 12.
- n. An indefinite, large number: dozens of errands to run.
- adj. Twelve.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A set of twelve.
- n. 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.
- n. An old English measure of ore containing 12 hundredweight.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A collection of twelve objects; a tale or set of twelve; with or without of before the substantive which follows.
- n. An indefinite small number.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A collection of twelve things; twelve units: used with or without of: as, a dozen eggs, or a dozen of eggs; twelve dozen pairs of gloves.
- n. In old English law, a municipal district consisting originally of twelve families or householders. Compare tithing, riding, hundred.
- To make up into bundles of twelve, as certain kinds of dressed hides.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. the cardinal number that is the sum of eleven and one
- adj. denoting a quantity consisting of 12 items or units
Middle English dozeine, from Old French dozaine, from doze, twelve, ultimately from Latin duodecim : duo, two; see dwo- in Indo-European roots + decem, ten; see dekm̥ in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From French douzaine ("a group of twelve"), from douze ("twelve") + -aine ("-ish"), from Latin duodecim ("twelve") (from duo ("two") + decem ("ten")) + -ana ("-ish") (Wiktionary)