Definition of baker's dozen in English:

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baker's dozen

Pronunciation: /ˌbeɪkəz ˈdʌzn/


A group or set of thirteen: a baker’s dozen of love songs
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  • As you probably know a baker's dozen is thirteen, one more than a normal person's dozen.
  • The King's Consort, in its orchestral guise at the Sir Jack Lyons Concert Hall, boasted a baker's dozen of strings, along with pairs of oboes and recorders, with Robert King ducking and weaving at the harpsichord.
  • Given that she was clearly going to Sofia to buy cheap costume jewellery, obviously having purchased and draped herself in everything her village had in stock (or she had mugged a baker's dozen of chalga singers to get it all)


Late 16th century: from the former bakers' custom of adding an extra loaf to a dozen sold, this constituting the retailer's profit.

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