A set of twelve.
‘Can I have a dozen eggs, please?’; ‘I ordered two dozen doughnuts.’; ‘There shouldn't be more than two dozen Christmas cards left to write.’; ‘Pack the shirts in dozens, please.’;
An indefinite large number of.
‘many people enjoy playing chess;’; ‘there are many different ways to cook a meal’;
A large, unspecified number of, comfortably estimated in small multiples of twelve, thus generally implied to be significantly more than ten or twelve, but less than perhaps one or two hundred; many.
‘There must have been dozens of examples just on the first page.’; ‘There were dozens and dozens of applicants before the job was posted.’;
A collective mass of people.
‘Democracy must balance the rights of the few against the will of the many’; ‘A great many do not understand this.’;
(metallurgy) An old English measure of ore containing 12 hundredweight.
An indefinite large number of people or things.
‘Many are called, but few are chosen.’;
A collection of twelve objects; a tale or set of twelve; with or without of before the substantive which follows.
A multitude; a great aggregate; a mass of people; the generality; the common herd.
An indefinite small number.
A considerable number.
the cardinal number that is the sum of eleven and one
A retinue of servants; a household.
denoting a quantity consisting of 12 items or units
The populace; the common people; the majority of people, or of a community.
‘After him the rascal many ran.’;
A dozen (commonly abbreviated doz or dz) is a grouping of twelve. The dozen may be one of the earliest primitive integer groupings, perhaps because there are approximately a dozen cycles of the Moon, or months, in a cycle of the Sun, or year.
A large or considerable number.
‘A many of our bodies shall no doubtFind native graves.’; ‘Seeing a great many in rich gowns.’; ‘It will be concluded by many that he lived like an honest man.’; ‘He is liable to a great many inconveniences.’;
Consisting of a great number; numerous; not few.
‘Thou shalt be a father of many nations.’; ‘Not many wise men after the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble, are called.’;
a quantifier that can be used with count nouns and is often preceded by `as' or `too' or `so' or `that'; amounting to a large but indefinite number;
‘many temptations’; ‘the temptations are many’; ‘a good many’; ‘a great many’; ‘many directions’; ‘take as many apples as you like’; ‘too many clouds to see’; ‘never saw so many people’;