A dozen is twelve. If you buy a dozen doughnuts for six people, everyone will get to eat two of them.

When you buy a dozen of something, you'll end up with twelve items. Your cat might, amazingly, have a dozen kittens, leading you to make a dozen phone calls trying to find homes for them all. Sometimes people use the word dozens to generically mean "a whole lot," as when you gasp, "There are dozens of seagulls sitting on my car!" Dozen has a Latin root, duodecim, "twelve."

Definitions of dozen
  1. noun
    the cardinal number that is the sum of eleven and one
    synonyms: 12, XII, twelve
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    (usually plural) an expression used when two dice are thrown and both come up showing six spots
    type of:
    large integer
    an integer equal to or greater than ten
  2. adjective
    denoting a quantity consisting of 12 items or units
    synonyms: 12, twelve, xii
    being or denoting a numerical quantity but not order
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