camouflage

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noun

cam·​ou·​flage ˈka-mə-ˌfläzh How to pronounce camouflage (audio)
-ˌfläj
1
: the disguising especially of military equipment or installations with paint, nets, or foliage
also : the disguise so applied
2
a
: concealment by means of disguise
The rabbit's white fur acts as camouflage in the snow.
b
: behavior or artifice designed to deceive or hide
hiding behind a camouflage of righteous indignation
camouflagic adjective

camouflage

2 of 3

verb

camouflaged; camouflaging

transitive verb

: to conceal or disguise by camouflage
The makeup camouflages blemishes.

intransitive verb

: to practice camouflage
camouflageable adjective

camouflage

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adjective

: made in colors or patterns typical of camouflage
a camouflage jacket

Example Sentences

Noun The army tanks were painted green and brown for camouflage. The rabbit's white fur acts as a camouflage in the snow. Rabbits use their white fur as camouflage in the snow. Her so-called charity work was a camouflage for her own self-interest. His tough attitude served as camouflage. Verb It was impossible to camouflage the facts. camouflaged the military camp as a native village See More
Recent Examples on the Web
Noun
In the hours before Bella found the fox, Tomassetti, who lives in Rome, joined other truffle hunters wearing camouflage and Italian National Truffle Hunter Association coats outside Pelosi’s bar. Jason Horowitz, BostonGlobe.com, 14 Jan. 2023 Depending on the species, black skunks may wear white spots that act as camouflage or white stripes that signal enemies to beware their smelly spray. Natasha Daly, National Geographic, 12 Jan. 2023 Soldiers in white camouflage crouched low, shooting at the hill opposite to provide cover as four men evacuated a casualty. Matthew Mpoke Bigg Helene Cooper Julia Jacobs Ivan Nechepurenko Stephen Castle Ivan Nechepurenko Steven Erlanger Ivan Nechepurenko Eric Schmitt Carlotta Gall Max Fisher, New York Times, 10 Jan. 2023 They have also been known to adorn their shells with sea sponges and anemones to act as camouflage. Monica Cull, Discover Magazine, 6 Dec. 2022 It’s not the first time migrants have used camouflage clothing in a bid to escape detection, and crossings in general are up as well. Michael Ruiz, Fox News, 21 May 2021 On July 4, Bridgewater police got a call from someone in Waterford Village apartment complex who reported seeing a male dressed in camouflage clothing pulling a pole out of the ground. BostonGlobe.com, 18 May 2021 Witnesses had described a shooter wearing camouflage clothing, which the report confirmed, and firing a shotgun in the subdivision and along a nearby walking trail. Gary D. Robertson, ajc, 20 Oct. 2022 When the rally kicked off at 6 p.m., he was greeted by a wall of the union’s trademark camouflage clothing; in lieu of a mosh pit, the evening ended with a prayer. Kim Kelly, Rolling Stone, 15 Sep. 2022
Verb
The insects camouflage themselves accordingly, and the brown insects are colored to hide out on plant stems. Nathaniel Scharping, Discover Magazine, 22 Feb. 2018 Vucetaj recommends using her follicle-friendly pencils to help camouflage new growth and create the illusion of fuller brows. Ariana Yaptangco, Glamour, 24 Nov. 2022 The more neutral colors on their backs help camouflage them to the eyes of hunting birds. Elizabeth Preston, Discover Magazine, 29 Jan. 2016 Ukrainian soldiers on the front have figured out how to camouflage the device by digging it into the ground so the terminals are protected from shelling but still able to receive and transmit data. Helene Cooper, New York Times, 14 Oct. 2022 Their gray-white pebbled fur helps them camouflage perfectly into the mountain landscape. Monica Cull, Discover Magazine, 9 Dec. 2021 The black fur helps pandas blend in with dark tree trunks and other shady parts of their environment, while the white fur can help camouflage them against snow and leaves. Sarah Kuta, Smithsonian Magazine, 19 Dec. 2022 City lights and their reflection can camouflage the shooting stars. Leada Gore | Lgore@al.com, al, 17 Nov. 2022 And a number of those averages camouflage a wide disparity among individual polls. Andrew Mollica, WSJ, 11 Nov. 2022 See More

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Word History

Etymology

Noun, Verb, and Adjective

French, from camoufler to disguise

First Known Use

Noun

1885, in the meaning defined at sense 2a

Verb

1917, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

Adjective

1918, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of camouflage was in 1885

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Cite this Entry

“Camouflage.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/camouflage. Accessed 4 Feb. 2023.

Kids Definition

camouflage

1 of 2 noun
cam·​ou·​flage ˈkam-ə-ˌfläzh How to pronounce camouflage (audio)
-ˌfläj
1
: the hiding or disguising of something by covering it up or changing the way it looks
2
: the material (as paint or leaves and branches) used for camouflage

camouflage

2 of 2 verb
camouflaged; camouflaging
: to hide or disguise by camouflage

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