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[bev-ee] /ˈbɛv i/
noun, plural bevies.
a group of birds, as larks or quail, or animals, as roebuck, in close association.
a large group or collection:
a bevy of boisterous sailors.
Origin of bevy
late Middle English
1400-50; late Middle English bevey, of obscure origin
1. covey, flight; brood. 2. assembly, company. Unabridged
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  • One day, to the beating of drums, a bevy of priests came from afar; they made for the market-place and there sold indulgences.

    From a Terrace in Prague Lieut.-Col. B. Granville Baker
  • They scuttled into the nearest seats at hand like a bevy of startled partridges.

    Marjorie Dean Pauline Lester
  • As she was about to move toward the door the elevator, like a great cornucopia, spilled a bevy of men and women into the lobby.

    The Cup of Fury Rupert Hughes
  • When he came on shipboard he was accompanied by a bevy of courtesans.

  • I vividly recall the bewildering onslaught of our mother leading a bevy of church ladies in search of the missing.

    The Joys of Being a Woman Winifred Kirkland
British Dictionary definitions for bevy


noun (pl) bevies
a flock of quails
a group, esp of girls
a group of roedeer
Word Origin
C15: of uncertain origin
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Word Origin and History for bevy

early 15c., collective noun of quails and ladies, from Anglo-French bevée, of unknown origin. One supposed definition of the word is "a drinking bout," but this is perhaps a misprint of bever, from Old French beivre (see beverage). Still, it's possible that the original sense could be a company of birds gathered at a puddle or pool for drinking or bathing.

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