[ bev-ee ]
/ ˈbɛv i /

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.

Nearby words

  1. beverly hills,
  2. bevin,
  3. bevin boy,
  4. bevin, ernest,
  5. bevvy,
  6. bew,
  7. bewail,
  8. beware,
  9. beware of greeks bearing gifts,
  10. beweep

Origin of bevy

1400–50; late Middle English bevey, of obscure origin Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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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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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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