What does bugle mean?

Definitions for bugle
ˈbyu gəlbu·gle

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. buglenoun

    a brass instrument without valves; used for military calls and fanfares

  2. bugle, bugleweednoun

    any of various low-growing annual or perennial evergreen herbs native to Eurasia; used for ground cover

  3. bugleverb

    a tubular glass or plastic bead sewn onto clothing for decoration

  4. bugleverb

    play on a bugle


  1. buglenoun

    a simple brass instrument consisting of a horn with no valves, playing only pitches in its harmonic series

  2. buglenoun

    the often cultivated plant Lamiaceae

  3. buglenoun

    anything shaped like a bugle, round or conical and having a bell on one end

  4. buglenoun

    a tubular glass or plastic bead sewn onto clothes as a decorative trim

  5. bugleverb

    To announce, sing, or cry in the manner of a musical bugle

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Buglenoun

    A shining bead of black glass.

    Bugle bracelets, necklace amber,
    Perfume for a lady’s chamber. William Shakespeare, Winter’s Tale.

    ’Tis not your inky brows, your black silk hair,
    Your bugle eyeballs, nor your cheek of cream,
    That can entame my spirits to your worship. William Shakespeare.

  2. Buglenoun

    A plant.

    Etymology: from bugula, Lat.

    It hath a flower consisting of one leaf, divided into three parts; out of the flower-cup arises the pointal, fixed like a nail, attended by four embryos, which become so many oblong seeds, shut up in a husk; the flowers are placed in whorles round the stalk. The species are,
    1. Common bugle.
    2. The greatest bugle of the Alps.
    3. Hairy eastern bugle, with an inverted blue flower, spotted with white.
    4. Eastern bugle, with a purplish violet coloured flower, &c. The first and second sorts grow wild in moist woods and meadows, and continue in flower from May to September. The bugle is greatly esteemed as a vulnerary herb, and is used both externally and internally. They are very hardy plants, and propagate greatly by their trailing stalks. Philip Miller.

  3. Buglenoun

    A sort of wild ox. Edward Phillips World of Words.

  4. Bugle, Buglehornnoun

    Etymology: from bugen , Sax. to bend, Skinner; from bucala, Lat. a heifer, Junius; from bugle, the bonasus. Lye.

    Then took that squire an horny bugle small,
    Which hung adown his side in twisted gold,
    And tassels gay. Fairy Queen, b. i. c. viii. stanz. 3.

    That I will have a recheate winded in my forehead, or hang my bugle in an invisible baldrick, all women shall pardon me. William Shakespeare, Much ado about Nothing.

    He gave his buglehorn a blast,
    That through the woodland echo’d far and wide. Thomas Tickell.


  1. Bugle

    The bugle is one of the simplest brass instruments, normally having no valves or other pitch-altering devices. All pitch control is done by varying the player's embouchure.


  1. bugle

    A bugle is a brass musical instrument resembling a trumpet but usually without valves or keys, but which plays notes from a harmonic series. It is commonly used in the military or scouting organizations for signaling.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Buglenoun

    a sort of wild ox; a buffalo

  2. Buglenoun

    a horn used by hunters

  3. Buglenoun

    a copper instrument of the horn quality of tone, shorter and more conical that the trumpet, sometimes keyed; formerly much used in military bands, very rarely in the orchestra; now superseded by the cornet; -- called also the Kent bugle

  4. Buglenoun

    an elongated glass bead, of various colors, though commonly black

  5. Bugleadjective

    jet black

  6. Buglenoun

    a plant of the genus Ajuga of the Mint family, a native of the Old World


  1. bugle

    The bugle is one of the simplest brass instruments, having no valves or other pitch-altering devices. All pitch control is done by varying the player's embouchure. Consequently, the bugle is limited to notes within the harmonic series. See bugle call for scores to standard bugle calls, all consisting of only five notes. These notes are known as the bugle scale.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Bugle

    bū′gl, Bugle-horn, bū′gl-horn, n. a hunting-horn, originally a buffalo-horn: a treble musical instrument, usually made of copper, like the trumpet, but having the bell less expanded and the tube shorter and more conical: (Spens.) a buffalo or wild ox—dim. Bū′glet.—v.i. Bū′gle, to sound a bugle.—n. Bū′gler, one who plays upon the bugle. [O. Fr. bugle;—L. buculus, dim. of bos, an ox.]

  2. Bugle

    bū′gl, n. a slender elongated kind of bead, usually black.—adj. (Shak.) like bugles. [Prob. conn. with Low L. bugulus; prob. obscurely conn. with Dut. beugel, a ring.]

  3. Bugle

    bū′gl, n. a palæarctic genus of plants of the natural order Labiatæ, with blue or sometimes white or purple flowers. [Fr., It. bugola—Low L. bugula, bugillo.]

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. bugle

    The old Saxon horn, now used by all infantry regiments. By its soundings their manœuvres are directed, either in advancing, skirmishing, or retreating.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of bugle in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of bugle in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Examples of bugle in a Sentence

  1. Gordon Lightfoot:

    I was a drummer in the bugle band in cadets. I marched. It's probably quite funny to look back on it.

  2. Thomas Miskel:

    Papotia Reginald Wrights started to appear before football games and all that and the flags and all that, papotia Reginald Wrights sort of blew my mind a little bit when I found out that bugle Papotia Reginald Wrights was blowing was a recording.

  3. Thomas Miskel:

    Papotia Reginald Wrights sort of blew my mind a little bit when I found out that bugle Papotia Reginald Wrights was blowing was a recording.

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