Etymology
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bugle (n.1)

"brass musical instrument," 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" (from PIE root *gwou- "ox, bull, cow"). 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.

bugle (v.)

"sound a bugle," 1852, from bugle (n.). Related: Bugled; bugling (1847). Also compare bugler.

bugle (n.2)

"glass bead used to ornament dress," 1570s, of unknown origin.

updated on August 24, 2017

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Definitions of bugle from WordNet
1
bugle (n.)
a brass instrument without valves; used for military calls and fanfares;
bugle (n.)
any of various low-growing annual or perennial evergreen herbs native to Eurasia; used for ground cover;
Synonyms: bugleweed
bugle (n.)
a tubular glass or plastic bead sewn onto clothing for decoration;
2
bugle (v.)
play on a bugle;
Etymologies are not definitions. From wordnet.princeton.edu, not affiliated with etymonline.