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Middle English bevey, of uncertain origin, possibly Anglo-Norman.



bevy (plural bevies)

  1. A group of animals, in particular quail.
  2. A large group or collection.
  3. A group of female humans; chiefly said of schoolgirls.
    • 2013 June 7, David Simpson, “Fantasy of navigation”, The Guardian Weekly, volume 188, number 26, page 36: 
      Like most human activities, ballooning has sponsored heroes and hucksters and a good deal in between. For every dedicated scientist patiently recording atmospheric pressure and wind speed while shivering at high altitudes, there is a carnival barker with a bevy of pretty girls willing to dangle from a basket or parachute down to earth.