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bugle1

[byoo-guh l] /ˈbyu gəl/
noun
1.
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.
2.
to sound a bugle.
3.
(of bull elks) to utter a rutting call.
verb (used with object), bugled, bugling.
4.
to call by or with a bugle:
to bugle reveille.
Origin
1250-1300
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 forms
bugler, noun

bugle2

[byoo-guh l] /ˈbyu gəl/
noun
1.
Origin
1225-75; Middle English < Old French < Medieval Latin bugula a kind of plant

bugle3

[byoo-guh l] /ˈbyu gəl/
noun
1.
Also called bugle bead. a tubular glass bead used for ornamenting dresses.
adjective
2.
Also, bugled. ornamented with bugles.
Origin
1570-80; of obscure origin
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Examples from the web for bugle
  • She sets out a long table with antique silver bowls filled with color-coded candies and bugle beads and vintage fabrics.
  • Every week, thousands of veterans are buried at national cemeteries, often to the sorrowful sound of a bugle.
  • Celeste is first seen in a clinging gown of sable-trimmed red bugle beads.
  • The bugle calls can still be heard wafting on the air.
  • Those bugle calls have been included where appropriate.
  • The bugle of an endangered whooping crane echoes across the far reaches of the marsh.
British Dictionary definitions for bugle

bugle1

/ˈbjuːɡəl/
noun
1.
(music) a brass instrument similar to the cornet but usually without valves: used for military fanfares, signal calls, etc
verb
2.
(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

bugle2

/ˈbjuːɡəl/
noun
1.
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

bugle3

/ˈbjuːɡəl/
noun
1.
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 bugle
n.

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.

v.

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

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Slang definitions & phrases for bugle

bugle

noun

The nose; beak, schnozz (1865+)


The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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