noun (1)
\ ˈbüsh \
plural -s

Definition of bouche

 (Entry 1 of 3)

1 obsolete : an allowance of food and drink for retinue in a royal or noble household
2 : a slit in the edge of a medieval shield for a sword blade or a rounded opening for the shaft of a lance


noun (2)
\ " \
plural -s

Definition of bouche (Entry 2 of 3)


bou·​ché | \ (ˈ)bü¦shā \

Definition of bouché (Entry 3 of 3)

: stopped with the hand used as a direction in music in horn playing

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History and Etymology for bouche

Noun (1)

Middle English, from Middle French, literally, mouth, from Latin bucca cheek, mouth

Noun (2)

probably alteration (influenced by French boucher to stop up) of bush (bushing)


French, from past participle of boucher to stop up, from Old French, from (assumed) Old French bouche bunch, sheaf (whence Middle French bouche), perhaps of Germanic origin; akin to Old High German busc bush, forest

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“Bouche.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 11 Aug. 2020.

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