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camouflage

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noun cam·ou·flage \ˈka-mə-ˌfläzh, -ˌfläj\

Simple Definition of camouflage

  • : a way of hiding something (such as military equipment) by painting it or covering it with leaves or branches to make it harder to see

  • : the green and brown clothing that soldiers and hunters wear to make them harder to see

  • : something (such as color or shape) that protects an animal from attack by making the animal difficult to see in the area around it

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of camouflage

  1. 1 :  the disguising especially of military equipment or installations with paint, nets, or foliage; also :  the disguise so applied

  2. 2 a :  concealment by means of disguise b :  behavior or artifice designed to deceive or hide

camouflagic play \ˌka-mə-ˈflä-zhik, -jik\ adjective

Examples of camouflage in a sentence

  1. The army tanks were painted green and brown for camouflage.

  2. The rabbit's white fur acts as a camouflage in the snow.

  3. Rabbits use their white fur as camouflage in the snow.

  4. Her so-called charity work was a camouflage for her own self-interest.

  5. His tough attitude served as camouflage.



Origin of camouflage

French, from camoufler to disguise


First Known Use: 1917

Rhymes with camouflage


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camouflage

verb, cam·ou·flage

Simple Definition of camouflage

  • : to hide (something) by covering it up or making it harder to see

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of camouflage

camouflagedcamouflaging

  1. transitive verb
  2. :  to conceal or disguise by camouflage

  3. intransitive verb
  4. :  to practice camouflage

camouflageable play \ˈka-mə-ˌflä-zhə-bəl, -jə-bəl\ adjective

Examples of camouflage in a sentence

  1. It was impossible to camouflage the facts.

  2. <camouflaged the military camp as a native village>



1917

First Known Use of camouflage

1917


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camouflage

adjective cam·ou·flage

Definition of camouflage

  1. :  made in colors or patterns typical of camouflage <a camouflage jacket>



1942

First Known Use of camouflage

1942


CAMOUFLAGE Defined for Kids

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camouflage

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noun cam·ou·flage \ˈka-mə-ˌfläzh, -ˌfläj\

Definition of camouflage for Students

  1. 1 :  the hiding or disguising of something by covering it up or changing the way it looks <The leopard has spots for camouflage.>

  2. 2 :  something (as color or shape) that protects an animal from attack by making it difficult to see in the area around it




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camouflage

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verb cam·ou·flage

Definition of camouflage for Students

camouflagedcamouflaging

  1. :  to hide or disguise by covering or making harder to see





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