bevy

noun
\ 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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With a West Coast ceremony happening concurrently at the Beverly Hilton in Los Angeles, New York City’s own Edison Ballroom played host to the bevy of stars on the East Coast. Keaton Bell, Vogue, "Inside the 2019 Writer's Guild Awards, Where the Winners Surprised and Delighted," 19 Feb. 2019 Another addition to the bevy of museums in the City of Light? Carrie Goldberg, Harper's BAZAAR, "The 19 Best Places to Travel in 2019," 10 Jan. 2019 The identifier also added to a bevy of evidence and reports suggesting a new iPad Pro model is imminent. Samuel Axon, Ars Technica, "iOS 12.1 beta suggests a new iPad is coming this fall," 19 Sep. 2018 Kesha claimed to have never performed at the venue, so the night brought new experiences to a bevy of old-timers. Heran Mamo, Billboard, "Kesha & Macklemore Throw a Glittery Pride Summer Bash At L.A. Concert," 9 June 2018 And, of course, the government is out in full force, represented by an impressive bevy of ministers: exterior, planning, communications and information technology, social solidarity, and antiquities, among others. Klara Glowczewska, Town & Country, "Can Egypt Convince the World That It Is Starting Over?," 19 Mar. 2019 The real estate transaction is finally under going a tech disruption thanks to a bevy of startups that leverage data and technology to relieve pain points in the transaction. Jeff Andrews, Curbed, "New home flipping platform sells to the first bidder, not the highest," 19 Sep. 2018 California’s new regulations for commercial deployment of robo-cars might subject Audi to a bevy of requirements, from customer education, including for those who buy the car used, to data collection in case of a collision. Alex Davies, WIRED, "Americans Can't Have Audi's Super Capable Self-Driving System," 15 May 2018 Istanbul's bevy of chic, luxury properties and their Soho House are reason alone to spend nights here, along with the ever-evolving food scene, with Chef's Table-famous Musa Dağdeviren's Çiya Kebap and Çiya Sofrasi in the mix. Carrie Goldberg, Harper's BAZAAR, "The 19 Best Places to Travel in 2019," 10 Jan. 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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bevy

noun

English Language Learners Definition of bevy

: a large group of people or things

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