from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A group of animals or birds, especially larks or quail. See Synonyms at flock1.
- n. A group or an assemblage: a bevy of beauties.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A group of animals, in particular quail.
- n. A large group or collection.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A company; an assembly or collection of persons, especially of ladies.
- n. A flock of birds, especially quails or larks; also, a herd of roes.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A flock of birds, especially of larks or quails.
- n. A small company or troop, as of roebucks, heifers, etc.
- n. A group or small company of persons, especially of girls or women, but also used of the male sex: as, “a bevy of powdered coxcombs,” Goldsmith; “a bevy of renegades,” Macaulay, Hist. Eng.
- n. A small collection of objects; an assemblage of things.
- n. Synonyms Covey, etc. See flock.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a flock of birds (especially when gathered close together on the ground)
- n. a large gathering of people of a particular type
Middle English, from Anglo-Norman bevee.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Middle English bevey, of uncertain origin. (Wiktionary)