|Origin:||dozeine, from doze 'twelve'|
doz‧en S2 W3 plural dozen or dozens written abbreviation doz.
a dozen eggs
two/three/four etc dozen (=24, 36, 48 etc)
The number of deaths has risen to more than two dozen.
dozens of people/companies/cars etc (=but not hundreds or thousands)
Dozens of people were killed.
Chris, Helen, and half a dozen others went on holiday together.
A dozen or so (=about 12) cars were parked near the entrance.
a lot of
I've heard this story a dozen times before.
dozens of something
She's had dozens of boyfriends.
We collected dozens and dozens of shells on the beach.