bevy


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bev·y

 (bĕv′ē)
n. pl. bev·ies
1. A group of birds, especially quail.
2. A group or assemblage: a bevy of beauties.

[Middle English, from Anglo-Norman bevee.]

bevy

(ˈbɛvɪ)
n, pl bevies
1. (Zoology) a flock of quails
2. a group, esp of girls
3. (Zoology) a group of roedeer
[C15: of uncertain origin]

bev•y

(ˈbɛv i)

n., pl. bev•ies.
1. a group of birds, as larks or quail, or animals, as roebuck, in close association.
2. a large group or collection: a bevy of sailors.
[1400–50; late Middle English bevey, of obscure orig.]

Bevy

 a drinking company; an assembly or collection. See also covey, flight, flock, herd, swarm.
Examples: bevy of beauties, of bright damsels, 1725; of conies, 1486; of fair women, 1667; of fairies, 1603; of girls; of ladies, 1470; of larks, 1470; of maids of honour, 1808; of otter; of powdered coxcombs, 1765; of quails, 1630; of renegades, 1848; of roes [six head of roe deer], 1470; of slaves, 1611; of swans.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.bevy - a large gathering of people of a particular typebevy - a large gathering of people of a particular type; "he was surrounded by a bevy of beauties in bathing attire"; "a bevy of young beach boys swarmed around him"
assemblage, gathering - a group of persons together in one place
2.bevy - a flock of birds (especially when gathered close together on the ground)bevy - a flock of birds (especially when gathered close together on the ground); "we were visited at breakfast by a bevy of excited ducks"
quail - small gallinaceous game birds
flock - a group of birds

bevy

noun group, company, set, party, band, crowd, troop, pack, collection, gathering, gang, bunch (informal), cluster, congregation, clump, troupe, posse (slang), clique, coterie, assemblage a bevy of little girls

bevy

noun
A number of individuals making up or considered a unit:
Translations

bevy

[ˈbevɪ] N [of girls, women] → grupo m; [of birds] → bandada f

bevy

[ˈbɛvi] n
a bevy of [+ people] → une bande de, une troupe de

bevy

n (of birds)Schwarm m; (of girls also)Schar f

bevy

[ˈbɛvɪ] nbanda
a bevy of → una banda di
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How he would figure among them in the churchyard, between services on Sundays; gathering grapes for them from the wild vines that overran the surrounding trees; reciting for their amusement all the epitaphs on the tombstones; or sauntering, with a whole bevy of them, along the banks of the adjacent mill-pond; while the more bashful country bumpkins hung sheepishly back, envying his superior elegance and address.
him bevy small-e fish-e; Queequeg no kill-e so small-e fish-e; Queequeg kill-e big whale
I scolded the stupid fellows well for listening to that tale, which I would not carry to my master; resolving to take a whole bevy up to the Heights, at day-light, and storm it literally, unless the prisoner were quietly surrendered to us.
Accompanied by his wife, the Empress Theresa, and by a bevy of courtiers, the Emperor of Brazil, Dom Pedro de Alcantara, walked into the room, advanced with both hands outstretched to the bewildered Bell, and exclaimed: "Professor Bell, I am delighted to see you again.
Above them raced a bevy of screaming, chattering monkeys, hurling taunts and insults at the Mangani, and encouragement and advice to the girl.
Down the hill I saw a bevy of hussars ride under the railway bridge; three galloped through the open gates of the Oriental College; two others dismounted, and began running from house to house.
As the huntress Diana goes forth upon the mountains of Taygetus or Erymanthus to hunt wild boars or deer, and the wood nymphs, daughters of Aegis-bearing Jove, take their sport along with her (then is Leto proud at seeing her daughter stand a full head taller than the others, and eclipse the loveliest amid a whole bevy of beauties), even so did the girl outshine her handmaids.
Seymour Delafield glanced his eye impatiently around the apartment, as soon as he had paid the customary compliments to the mistress of the mansion and her bevy of fair daughters; but a look of disappointment betrayed the search to be an unsuccessful one.
In less than a minute Eudosia had made her curtsy, and was surrounded, in a corner, by a bevy of young friends, all silent together, and all dying to see me.
For on the topmost tier of the hotel verandah, after being carried up the steps in an armchair amid a bevy of footmen, maid-servants, and other menials of the hotel, headed by the landlord (that functionary had actually run out to meet a visitor who arrived with so much stir and din, attended by her own retinue, and accompanied by so great a pile of trunks and portmanteaux)--on the topmost tier of the verandah, I say, there was sitting--THE GRANDMOTHER
A bevy of young girls at this moment entered the salon, conducted by Madame de Navailles, and to Manicamp's credit be it said, if indeed he had taken that part in their selection which the Prince de Conde assigned him, it was a display calculated to dazzle those who, like the prince, could appreciate every character and style of beauty.
But when the whole class was here assembled, childlike heads were seen among this bevy of young girls, ravishingly pure and virgin, faces with lips half-opened, through which shone spotless teeth, and on which a virgin smile was flickering.