Meaning of “dozen” in the English Dictionary

"dozen" in English

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dozennoun [ C ], determiner

uk /ˈdʌz.ən/ us /ˈdʌz.ən/

B1 twelve:

a dozen eggs
This recipe makes three dozen cookies.
Could you get me half a dozen (= six) eggs when you go to the supermarket?
informal I've spoken to him dozens of (= many) times, but I still don't know his name!
The refugees arrived by the dozen/in their dozens (= in large numbers).

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(Definition of “dozen” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"dozen" in American English

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dozennoun [ C ]

us /ˈdʌz·ən/

a group or collection of twelve:

a dozen eggs
I brought home a half dozen/half a dozen (= six) eggs.

(Definition of “dozen” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"dozen" in Business English

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dozennoun [ C ]

uk /ˈdʌzən/ us abbreviation doz.

a group of twelve things:

Most people know only a few big-name insurers but there are about two dozen.

[ plural ] a large but not exact number:

She coordinates the work of dozens of employees.

The table shows average basic salaries in the top dozen countries.

(Definition of “dozen” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)