bevy

noun \ ˈbe-vē \
Updated on: 20 Nov 2017

Definition of bevy

plural bevies
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.

Origin and Etymology of bevy

Middle English bevey

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BEVY Defined for English Language Learners

bevy

noun

Definition of bevy for English Language Learners

  • : a large group of people or things



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