Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A group of 13.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Thirteen, a group of thirteen.
  • n. cousin

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the cardinal number that is the sum of twelve and one

Etymologies

From the former custom among bakers of adding an extra roll as a safeguard against the possibility of 12 weighing light.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From the former practice of bakers of adding a thirteenth loaf to a batch of twelve in order to avoid punishment for accidentally selling underweight bread. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Bear in mind, then, that there are not, I suppose, more than a baker's dozen of these "split-ups" throughout the book, and the way they were managed can be seen by this literal translation of a line the "The Terraced Road of the Two-Edged Sword Mountains."

    Fir-Flower Tablets: Poems Translated From the Chinese

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