\ 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

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 There’s no question USC will be loaded on offense, with a Heisman contender at quarterback and a bevy of new weapons around him. Los Angeles Times, 3 Aug. 2022 The Greater Helsinki region, home to Nordic banking giant Nordea and a bevy of video game developers, repeatedly lands at or near the top of annual global rankings for the best places to live and work. Bernhard Warner, Fortune, 12 July 2022 The Mandarin Oriental is a world unto itself, with the city’s oldest spa and jazz bar, and a bevy of drinking and dining options to delight all palates. Livia Hengel, Forbes, 28 June 2022 Recruiting momentum can be a salve for a struggling coach – if the on-field product is a turd, a bevy of ballyhooed prospects is a shiny object that provides fresh hope. Blake Toppmeyer, USA TODAY, 21 July 2022 Incidentally, a bevy of rumors in recent years pointed to Apple using their own 5G modems on all iPhone models starting with the iPhone 15 in 2023. Yoni Heisler, BGR, 28 June 2022 The bevy of emotions that come up about adolescence is universal, said the actor. Alicia Rancilio, ajc, 4 May 2022 The market for soda water has grown considerably in recent years, with a bevy of flavors from brands like LaCroix, Bubly, and AHA becoming staples in nearly every store and fridge., 15 Apr. 2022 John Means, a veteran relative to most of Baltimore’s starting candidates, and Jordan Lyles, an 11-year major leaguer, are seemingly assured two of the Orioles’ rotation spots, but a bevy of pitchers follow them as options. Nathan Ruiz, Baltimore Sun, 24 Mar. 2022 See More

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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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11 Aug 2022

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“Bevy.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Aug. 2022.

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