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.
Thirteen; bakers once provided an extra roll with every dozen sold.
Thirteen, as in The new bagel store always gives you a baker’s dozen. The origins of this term are disputed. One theory is that in times when bread was sold by weight, bakers who short-weighted their customers were heavily fined, and for safety’s sake they would sell thirteen loaves for the price of twelve. Another theory is that dealers purchasing bread from bakers were allowed by law to receive thirteen loaves for the price of twelve, the thirteenth representing their cut of profit. [ Late 1500s ]
- Baker island
an island in the central Pacific near the equator, belonging to the U.S. 1 sq. mi. (2.6 sq. km).
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a lake in the Northwest Territories, in N Canada. 975 sq. mi. (2525 sq. km). Historical Examples Baker Lake is 375 miles from Churchill, and that was the next stop. Famous Flyers David Goodger (email@example.com)
- Baker, josephine
baker, josephine A twentieth-century African-American actress, dancer, singer, and civil rights activist. She gained her international reputation first in Europe. After World War II she was decorated by the French government for her work in the Resistance, and at her death she was given a state funeral as a war hero.