\ ˈbe-vē How to pronounce bevy (audio) \
plural bevies

Definition of bevy

1 : a large group or collection a bevy of girls
2 : a group of animals and especially quail

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What Makes Up a bevy?

What do you call a group of crows? Or swine? Or leopards? Well-educated members of the medieval gentry seem to have been expected to know the answers: a murder of crows, a sounder of swine, and a leap of leopards. They would also have been expected to know that bevy referred specifically to a group of deer, quail, larks, or young ladies. Scholars aren't certain why bevy was chosen for those groups (though they have theories). What is known for sure is that bevy first appeared in the 15th century and was used as a highly specific collective for many years. Today, however, bevies can include anything from football players to toaster ovens.

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By late Tuesday, each branch had proposed its own extension bill and a bevy of other changes to the racing and simulcasting laws., "State Legislature again takes horse racing down to the wire," 31 July 2019 Best of all, at the agency there is, in addition to a supply of super-spy weapons, a serious bevy of wigs and outfits for every occasion — like for an impromptu dance number or flirting with heart-melting internet boyfriend Noah Centineo. Alex Abad-santos, Vox, "Kristen Stewart hurts a lot of men in the first Charlie’s Angels trailer," 27 June 2019 But for a kid in Kentucky, Stonewall—even as recounted by White and others who were there—represented, at best, a kind of aspirational gay life, a bevy of uppity queers fighting for their decidedly unrespectable libidinal community. Michelle Tea, Harper's magazine, "Stonewall at Fifty," 22 June 2019 Distressed loans The downgrade accelerated the fall by creating a bevy of sellers. Los Angeles Times, "A leveraged loan collapses, revealing a key risk in credit market," 16 July 2019 Coach Jimmy Nielsen lauded his energy in practice and games, as its translated to a bevy of scoring opportunities. Shawn Mcfarland,, "Everything you need to know about Hartford Athletic’s home opener at Dillon Stadium including parking and pregame festivities," 11 July 2019 In addition to the bevy of U.S. talent, the Thorns feature Canadian legend Christine Sinclair, Australian forward Caitlin Foord and 2015 World Cup-winning defender Meghan Klingenberg. Avi Creditor,, "Spotlight Shines Bright on NWSL After USA's Women's World Cup Triumph," 11 July 2019 Over the years, the shipwrecks have merged with the natural environment, and are now home to a bevy of flora and fauna, including fish, beavers and osprey. Brigit Katz, Smithsonian, "New National Marine Sanctuary Will Protect Maryland’s ‘Ghost Fleet’," 11 July 2019 College basketball coaches could start contacting 2021 recruits on June 15, and the Golden Eagles' staff has been busy with calls to a bevy of prospects. Ben Steele, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Marquette recruiting update: R.J. Davis takes unofficial visit," 19 June 2019

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First Known Use of bevy

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for bevy

Middle English bevey

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: a large group of people or things

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