A baker's dozen


A baker's dozen
Dozen Doz"en (d[u^]z"'n), n.; pl. {Dozen} (before another noun), {Dozens} (d[u^]z"'nz). [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. [1913 Webster]

2. An indefinite small number. --Milton. [1913 Webster]

{A baker's dozen}, thirteen; -- called also a {long dozen}. [1913 Webster]


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