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Definition of "bugle" []

  • Music A brass wind instrument somewhat shorter than a trumpet and lacking keys or valves. (noun)
  • Music To sound a bugle. (verb-intransitive)
  • To give forth a deep, prolonged sound similar to the bay of a hound. (verb-intransitive)
  • A tubular glass or plastic bead used to trim clothing. (noun)
  • Any of several creeping Old World herbs of the genus Ajuga in the mint family, having opposite leaves, square stems, and terminal spikes of purplish to white flowers. Also called bugleweed. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "bugle" in a sentence
  • "I received that bugle from a brave Scot who dwells amongst the eastern mountains; and who gave it to me to assure the earl of Mar that I came from him."
  • "The music of the evening bugle is still a pleasant note in my ears, as well as that of the eight o'clock curfew bell, from the tower of Old St Nicholas."
  • "F. Godefroy [9] gives quotations from early F.ench which show that, as in England, the word bugle was frequently used as an adjective, and as a verb: -- "IIII cors buglieres fist soner de randon" (_Quatre fils Aymon_, ed.P. Tarbé, p. 32), and "I grant cor buglerenc fit en sa tor soner" (_Aiol_,"