[ 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), bu·gled, bu·gling.

to sound a bugle.
(of bull elks) to utter a rutting call.

verb (used with object), bu·gled, bu·gling.

to call by or with a bugle: to bugle reveille.

Nearby words

  1. buggins' turn,
  2. buggy,
  3. bughouse,
  4. bughouse square,
  5. buginese,
  6. bugler,
  7. bugleweed,
  8. bugloss,
  9. bugong,
  10. bugout

Origin of bugle

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

Related formsbu·gler, noun

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British Dictionary definitions for bugler


/ (ˈbjuːɡəl) /


music a brass instrument similar to the cornet but usually without valves: used for military fanfares, signal calls, etc


(intr) to play or sound (on) a bugle
Derived Formsbugler, noun

Word Origin for bugle

C14: short for bugle horn ox horn (musical instrument), from Old French bugle, from Latin būculus young bullock, from bōs ox


/ (ˈbjuːɡəl) /


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 for bugle

C13: from Late Latin bugula, of uncertain origin


/ (ˈbjuːɡəl) /


a tubular glass or plastic bead sewn onto clothes for decoration

Word Origin for bugle

C16: of unknown origin

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