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[byoo-guh l] /ˈbyu gəl/
a brass wind instrument resembling a cornet and sometimes having keys or valves, used typically for sounding military signals.
verb (used without object), bugled, bugling.
to sound a bugle.
(of bull elks) to utter a rutting call.
verb (used with object), bugled, bugling.
to call by or with a bugle:
to bugle reveille.
Origin of bugle1
1250-1300; Middle English bugle (horn) instrument made of an ox horn < Anglo-French, Old French < Latin būculus bullock, young ox, equivalent to bū- variant stem of bōs ox + -culus -cle1
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bugler, noun Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for bugler
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  • My position in the column was in rear of the officers of the staff, and with the General's orderly and bugler.

    Civil War Experiences Henry Coddington Meyer
  • Mrs. bugler is at that time down in a valley with her baby or babies.

  • At ten o'clock a bugler among the enemy sounded the "Retire," and the fire dwindled to a few dropping shots.

    The Story of the Malakand Field Force Sir Winston S. Churchill
  • The adjutant and his bugler found that the companies on the left were yet some distance to the rear.

    Bamboo Tales Ira L. Reeves
  • When the head of the detachment reached the camp gates it stopped at a signal from Valentine, and a bugler sounded a call.

    The Indian Chief Gustave Aimard
  • Prescott turned, bawling an order to the bugler over the din.

  • At a sign from the priest, the bugler sounded for "silence."

    The Mark of the Beast Sidney Watson
  • I signalled to the bugler, who gave the command, “Rally upon the centre!”

    The Rifle Rangers Captain Mayne Reid
  • Taking the bugler and the guide with him, he crept carefully around the principal building, halting at the corner.

British Dictionary definitions for bugler


(music) a brass instrument similar to the cornet but usually without valves: used for military fanfares, signal calls, etc
(intransitive) to play or sound (on) a bugle
Derived Forms
bugler, noun
Word Origin
C14: short for bugle horn ox horn (musical instrument), from Old French bugle, from Latin būculus young bullock, from bōs ox


any of several Eurasian plants of the genus Ajuga, esp A. reptans, having small blue or white flowers: family Lamiaceae (labiates) Also called bugleweed See also ground pine
Word Origin
C13: from Late Latin bugula, of uncertain origin


a tubular glass or plastic bead sewn onto clothes for decoration
Word Origin
C16: of unknown origin
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Word Origin and History for bugler

1793; see bugle (n.). Bugle-boy attested from 1817.



mid-14c., abbreviation of buglehorn "musical horn, hunting horn" (c.1300), from Old French bugle "(musical) horn," also "wild ox, buffalo," from Latin buculus "heifer, young ox," diminutive of bos "ox, cow" (see cow (n.)). Middle English also had the word in the "buffalo" sense and it survived in dialect with meaning "young bull." Modern French bugle is a 19c. borrowing from English.


1852, from bugle (n.). Related: Bugled; bugling (1847). Also cf. bugler.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for bugler



The nose; beak, schnozz (1865+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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