baker dozen

baker's dozen

noun
a group of 13; a dozen plus one: from the former practice among bakers and other tradespeople of giving 13 items to the dozen as a safeguard against penalties for short weights and measures.

Origin:
1590–1600

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baker's dozen
 
n
thirteen
 
[C16: from the bakers' former practice of giving thirteen rolls where twelve were requested, to protect themselves against accusations of giving light weight]

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baker's dozen definition


Thirteen; bakers once provided an extra roll with every dozen sold.

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