\ 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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Also a bevy of supermodels dressed in some of his most famous recent looks. Vanessa Friedman, New York Times, "Dear V.M.A.s: Bring Back the Bad Taste," 28 Aug. 2019 If the Clips couldn’t nab Paul George with a historic bevy of assets, would Kawhi have fled to the Lakers? Rohan Nadkarni,, "What Does This Summer Mean for the Future of Free Agency?," 11 July 2019 With impressive macro capabilities, a bevy of useful accessories, and a nearly indestructible frame, the Tough TG-6 lives up to its name. Wired Staff, WIRED, "From Cameras to Kayaks, All the Stuff We Loved This Month," 30 June 2019 The Home Edit team installed a bevy of lazy Susans to spin around towers of frozen treats, including ice cream cones, pints and bars; Luigi’s Italian ice cups; Menchie’s fro-yo; Spongebob push-pop popsicles and so much more. Hannah Chubb,, "Peek Inside Khloé Kardashian's Newly Organized Fridge — and Learn How to Recreate It Yourself," 19 June 2019 The bevy of out of state license plates in the camping area testifies to Podunk’s power to attract fans from far and wide. Chip Mccabe,, "10 bands you can’t miss at the 2019 Podunk Bluegrass Festival," 31 July 2019 Not just because of the bevy of returning pro prospects on defense. Shawn Windsor, Detroit Free Press, "Michigan State to Rose Bowl this year? Mark Dantonio has surprised us before | Windsor," 19 July 2019 If anything, the bevy of new findings should have only complicated our understanding of population history and destabilized old notions of discrete racial and ethnic groups. Megan Gannon, Smithsonian, "When Ancient DNA Gets Politicized," 12 July 2019 Joseph Altuzarra himself was present, taking in the bevy of beauties (Selby Drummond, Elizabeth Kurpis, Toby Milstein) wearing looks from his collections. Lilah Ramzi, Vogue, "There Were Altuzarra Dresses Aplenty at The Frick’s Annual Young Fellows Ball," 23 Mar. 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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