bugle

1
[ byoo-guhl ]
/ ˈbyu gəl /

noun

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.

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Origin of bugle

1
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

OTHER WORDS FROM bugle

bugler, noun

Definition for bugle (2 of 3)

bugle2
[ byoo-guhl ]
/ ˈbyu gəl /

noun

Origin of bugle

2
1225–75; Middle English <Old French <Medieval Latin bugula a kind of plant

Definition for bugle (3 of 3)

bugle3
[ byoo-guhl ]
/ ˈbyu gəl /

noun

Also called bugle bead . a tubular glass bead used for ornamenting dresses.

adjective

Also bugled. ornamented with bugles.

Origin of bugle

3
First recorded in 1570–80; of obscure origin
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British Dictionary definitions for bugle (1 of 3)

bugle1
/ (ˈbjuːɡəl) /

noun

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

verb

(intr) to play or sound (on) a bugle

Derived forms of bugle

bugler, 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

British Dictionary definitions for bugle (2 of 3)

bugle2
/ (ˈbjuːɡəl) /

noun

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

British Dictionary definitions for bugle (3 of 3)

bugle3
/ (ˈbjuːɡəl) /

noun

a tubular glass or plastic bead sewn onto clothes for decoration

Word Origin for bugle

C16: of unknown origin
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