• IPA: /ˈbjuːɡəl/

bugle (plural bugles)

  1. A horn used by hunters.
  2. (music) a simple brass instrument consisting of a horn with no valves, playing only pitches in its harmonic series
  3. A plant in the family Lamiaceae grown as a ground cover, Ajuga reptans, and other plants in the genus Ajuga.
    Synonyms: bugleweed, carpet bugle, ground pine
  4. Anything shaped like a bugle, round or conical and having a bell on one end.
Synonyms Translations Translations
  • German: Günsel
  • Italian: bugola
  • Russian: дубро́вка
  • Russian: ра́струб

bugle (bugles, present participle bugling; past and past participle bugled)

  1. To announce, sing, or cry in the manner of a musical bugle
Synonyms Noun

bugle (plural bugles)

  1. a tubular glass or plastic bead sewn onto clothes as a decorative trim
    • 1925, P. G. Wodehouse, Sam the Sudden, Random House, London:2007, p. 207.
      With the exception of a woman in a black silk dress with bugles who, incredible as it may seem, had ordered cocoa and sparkling limado simultaneously and was washing down a meal of Cambridge sausages and pastry with alternate draughts of both liquids, the place was empty.


  1. (obsolete) jet-black
    • c. 1598–1600, William Shakespeare, “As You Like It”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies: Published According to the True Originall Copies (First Folio), London: Printed by Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358 ↗, [Act III, scene v]:
      Bugle eyeballs.

bugle (plural bugles)

  1. A sort of wild ox; a buffalo.

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