Doz"en (?), n.; pl. Dozen (before another noun), Dozens (). [OE. doseine, dosein, OF. doseine, F. douzaine, fr. douze twelve, fr. L. duodecim; duo two + decem ten. See Two, Ten, and cf. Duodecimal.]

1.

A collection of twelve objects; a tale or set of twelve; with or without of before the substantive which follows.

"Some six or seven dozen of Scots." "A dozen of shirts to your back." "A dozen sons." "Half a dozen friends."

Shak.

2.

An indefinite small number.

Milton.

A baker's dozen, thirteen; -- called also a long dozen.

 

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