plural bevies
: a large group or collection
a bevy of girls
: a group of animals and especially quail

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What makes up a bevy?

Bevy makes its appearance in Middle English as a word used especially for a group of deer, quail, larks, or young ladies. Etymologists aren't certain why bevy was chosen for those groups (though they have theories). Today, bevies include any person or thing—e.g., "a bevy of reporters," "a bevy of menu choices."

Examples of bevy in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The night before shows officially commenced, the German retailer (now steadily blowing up across the U.S.) rounded up a bevy of influencers at the Temple Bar, an intimate spot the brand hosted their fashion week kickoff at last year as well. Vogue, 10 Feb. 2024 Las Vegas will host a bevy of DJs between now and then, with artists including Zedd, lllenium and The Chainsmokers playing in some of the city’s biggest clubs this weekend. Katie Bain, Billboard, 8 Feb. 2024 In year since Monterey Park mass shooting, California has passed a bevy of new gun laws Uvalde school massacre could have been stopped sooner, DOJ report finds Republicans in the Capitol still plan to oppose bills during the session, as does Rhodes. Seth Klamann, The Mercury News, 4 Feb. 2024 Zuckerberg ‘ignored’ executives on kids’ safety, unredacted lawsuit alleges To use the tools, parents have to navigate a bevy of settings. Naomi Nix, Washington Post, 30 Jan. 2024 Each year the James Beard Foundation Awards recognize a bevy of chefs, restaurateurs, beverage professionals, bakers and beyond. Stephanie Breijo, Los Angeles Times, 24 Jan. 2024 As usual, the Hornets’ plight leads to a bevy of questions. Roderick Boone, Charlotte Observer, 31 Jan. 2024 He was hit with a bevy of charges, including lewd or indecent proposals or acts to a child; engaging in a pattern of criminal offenses; exposing others to AIDS; rape, first degree; and rape by instrumentation. Emma Colton, Fox News, 27 Jan. 2024 The device comes with a bevy of health and fitness features, such as sleep tracking (and coaching), heart rate monitoring, and body fat measuring. Stefanie Waldek, Travel + Leisure, 19 Jan. 2024 See More

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Word History


Middle English bevey

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of bevy was in the 15th century


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“Bevy.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition


plural bevies
: a large group
a bevy of girls

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