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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Recent Examples of bevy from the Web
Today a bevy of one-time ride-hailing apps are owned or invested in by automakers who are looking increasingly to join the tech space.
The auto industry and a bevy of startups were aggressively working on driverless technology.
Trump, unlike his bevy of Republican-primary opponents last year, embraced the idea of a massive wall along the southern border as the signature issue of his campaign.
Gamba A nest of celery root chips top a bevy of shrimp that can be stirred with lush egg yolk.
The 2017 concert schedule will feature a bevy of Rock & Roll Hall of Famers and chart toppers unlike anything Cleveland has seen in decades.
Not only is he currently on his Be Encouraged Tour, he's also slated to headline a bevy of festivals including Governor's Ball and Life is Beautiful.
There are still a bevy of unknowns, such as when Organovo will start production and just how much faster it will be compared to L’Oreal’s current derma-farming methods.
KBkids.com, CDNow, Patriot Computer, Macys.com, Minidiscnow.com, and The Original Honey Baked Ham Company also paid five- and six-figure fines to settle a bevy of charges.
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Did You Know?
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
First Known Use: 15th century
BEVY Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of bevy for English Language Learners
: a large group of people or things
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