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.
Contemporary Examples

In any event, the chief justice overlooked the inconvenient fact that the framing generation actually enacted a bevy of mandates.
Chief Justice John Roberts’s Ruling Restores Faith in the Court’s Neutrality Laurence Tribe June 27, 2012

Liesl Schillinger to the rescue with a bevy of words that might help you make sense of it all.
A Lexical Life Raft for the Government Shutdown Liesl Schillinger October 15, 2013

The Sopranos figlia will guest-star as one of the “Woo Girls,” a bevy of single beauties who like to party.
Ashley Dupre on 20/20 and other TV Highlights Nicole Ankowski November 15, 2008

A video of him dancing, Las Vegas style, with a bevy of showgirls has fast dominated the Jewish blogosphere.
The Bar Mitzvah Boy Who Went Viral Mira Sucharov August 15, 2013

In addition to several high-powered lawyers, Grigorieva has employed a bevy of publicists who have taken her case to the public.
Mel and Oksana’s Day in Court Christine Pelisek November 9, 2010

Historical Examples

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.
The History of England from the Accession of James II. Thomas Babington Macaulay

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

noun (pl) bevies
a flock of quails
a group, esp of girls
a group of roedeer

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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