Definition of key bugle in English:

key bugle

Pronunciation /ˈkiː ˌbjuːɡl/


historical Music
  • A bugle fitted with keys to increase the range of sounds it can produce.

    The key bugle was invented by the bandmaster of the Cavan Militia, Joseph Haliday (1772–1827) in 1810.


Early 19th century; earliest use found in New Times. From key + bugle.