[ bev-ee ]
/ ˈbɛv i /
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noun, plural bev·ies.
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.
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Origin of bevy
First recorded in 1400–50; late Middle English bevey, of obscure origin
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How to use bevy in a sentence
There are bevies of girls—all young, all pretty; and all, or nearly all, bubbling over with hearty and wholesome laughter.Over the Rocky Mountains to Alaska|Charles Warren Stoddard
Her eyes—the opium-eaters of Stamboul never dreamed of their peers among the bevies of hachis-houris.Guy Livingstone;|George A. Lawrence
First, there are procuresses, with some of the principal lasses of their respective bevies about them.The Sleeping Bard|Ellis Wynne
Sometimes bevies of young girls dance by, each a giggle incarnate.Mary, Mary|James Stephens
At intervals of a few feet, were bevies of women and girls, who handed up bouquets and wreaths of flowers.Personal Recollections of a Cavalryman|J. H. (James Harvey) Kidd
British Dictionary definitions for bevy
/ (ˈbɛvɪ) /
noun plural bevies
a flock of quails
a group, esp of girls
a group of roedeer
Word Origin for bevy
C15: of uncertain origin
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