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determiner dozen pronunciation in British English /ˈdʌz(ə)n/ 
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pluraldozen
  1. 1
    a set of 12 things or people

    a dozen red roses

    half a dozen (=six):

    We need half a dozen (=six) eggs for the cake.

    1. a.
      a set of about 12 things or people

      A few dozen protesters waved placards.

      half a dozen (=about six):

      There were only half a dozen people at the party.

  2. 2

    dozens

    [plural] lots of things or people

    I must have mentioned him dozens of times in my letters.

    Nine people were killed and dozens were injured in street clashes.

    dozens and dozens:

    I've talked to dozens and dozens of people and they all agree it's wrong.

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