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chameleon

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noun cha·me·leon \kə-ˈmēl-yən\

Simple Definition of chameleon

  • : a type of lizard that can change the color of its skin to look like the colors that are around it

  • : a person who often changes his or her beliefs or behavior in order to please others or to succeed

Full Definition of chameleon

  1. 1 :  any of a family (Chamaeleontidae) of chiefly arboreal Old World lizards with prehensile tail, independently movable eyeballs, and unusual ability to change the color of the skin

  2. 2 a :  a person given to often expedient or facile change in ideas or character b :  one that is subject to quick or frequent change especially in appearance

  3. 3 :  american chameleon

cha·me·le·on·ic play \-ˌmē-lē-ˈä-nik\ adjective
cha·me·leon·like play \-ˌlīk\ adjective

Examples of chameleon

  1. <at the summer resort he acquired a reputation as a social chameleon—someone who could be whatever his hosts wanted him to be>



Origin of chameleon

Middle English camelion, from Middle French, from Latin chamaeleon, from Greek chamaileōn, from chamai on the ground + leōn lion — more at humble


First Known Use: 14th century



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