camouflage

noun
cam·​ou·​flage | \ ˈka-mə-ˌfläzh How to pronounce camouflage (audio) , -ˌfläj\

Definition of camouflage

 (Entry 1 of 3)

1 : the disguising especially of military equipment or installations with paint, nets, or foliage also : the disguise so applied
2a : 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

camouflage

verb
camouflaged; camouflaging

Definition of camouflage (Entry 2 of 3)

transitive verb

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

intransitive verb

: to practice camouflage

camouflage

adjective

Definition of camouflage (Entry 3 of 3)

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

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Other Words from camouflage

Noun

camouflagic \ ˌka-​mə-​ˈflä-​zhik How to pronounce camouflagic (audio) , -​jik \ adjective

Verb

camouflageable \ ˈka-​mə-​ˌflä-​zhə-​bəl How to pronounce camouflageable (audio) , -​jə-​bəl \ adjective

Synonyms & Antonyms for camouflage

Synonyms: Noun

costume, disguise, guise

Synonyms: Verb

cloak, disguise, dress up, mask

Antonyms: Verb

unmask

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Examples of camouflage in a Sentence

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
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The Partenopei will be wearing an unusual marine green away shirt, with a darker camouflage mesh pattern. SI.com, "Napoli Kit Leak: Images Surface Online of 2019/20 Mesh Camouflage Away and Third Kits," 14 July 2019 They were dressed in military cargo pants and camouflage; some wore tactical vests, armored vests, mirrored aviator shades. Petula Dvorak, Washington Post, "The moms went to Richmond to demand action on gun violence. Instead, they were ignored.," 11 July 2019 Safari hat: Paint with leopard spots, zebra stripes or camouflage designs. Donna Erickson, Twin Cities, "Donna Erickson: Hats off to summer fun with this customizable head gear," 11 July 2019 Surface parking would be limited under the new regulations and the zoning code would attempt to camouflage parking structures behind other buildings. Kathleen Mcwilliams, courant.com, "Newington residents optimistic about proposed train station and developments that might follow," 11 July 2019 One at a time, the goats were brought into a rectangular pen, where a loudspeaker had been set up outside the main gate and hidden with camouflage netting, rendering the goats unable to see it. Brigit Katz, Smithsonian, "Goats May Be Able to Tell When Their Buddies Are Feeling Good or Baaad," 10 July 2019 Don’t forget to leave your camouflage attire at home. Anquanette Gaspard, Essence, "Live It Up: Get On Badder Than Bad at St. Lucia Carnival 2019," 9 July 2019 The black costume sparked an efflorescence of alternate, special-use costumes for ol' Web Head—armors, disguises, high-tech camouflage with glowing bits, hybrids with other heroes and so on. Adam Rogers, WIRED, "Spider-Man Is Back ... But Why All Dressed in Black?," 3 July 2019 In a Nike hijab and Nike x Matthew Williams camouflage bodysuit, she is covered but her dreams are on display. Jeneé Osterheldt, BostonGlobe.com, "American beauty: Young, Muslim and female," 3 July 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Hawaiian bobtail squid light up via bioluminescent bacteria living in one of their organs; the light camouflages them against moonlight on the surface and eliminates their shadow, obscuring them from predators. Liz Langley, National Geographic, "How bioluminescence works in nature," 2 May 2019 In skating, everything is so camouflaged with speed. Christine Brennan, USA TODAY, "'Dancing with the Stars' now part of Adam Rippon's fun, whirlwind life," 7 May 2018 Sometimes, designers will create a jib door within frame molding, further camouflaging it to the unsuspecting eye by blending it into the surrounding architecture and millwork. Hadley Keller, House Beautiful, "What's a Jib Door, Anyway?," 27 May 2019 Nearby trails through desert grasslands were littered with the remnants of campfires and migrants’ black water jugs, the color intended to camouflage them in the brush. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Arizona tribe refuses Trump’s wall, but agrees to let Border Patrol build virtual barrier," 9 May 2019 Invest In a Concealer And when all seems momentarily lost, Clé de Peau Beauté Radiant Corrector for Eyes will camouflage any mishaps into unmistakable radiance. Mia Adorante, Town & Country, "5 Expert Tips for Younger Looking Eyes," 12 Mar. 2019 That wasn’t an option for foreign militants, who unlike locals couldn’t camouflage themselves or their families among fleeing civilians. Isabel Coles And, WSJ, "Prisoner Recounts Secret Meeting With ISIS Leader Baghdadi," 17 Aug. 2018 Spread across vast oceans, some seahorses are less than an inch long and some can change color to camouflage themselves -- making them challenging to spot. Sarah Lazarus, CNN, "Used as a natural Viagra in Chinese medicine, seahorse numbers are declining," 6 June 2019 Dispersed throughout the enamel, however, the researchers found tiny nanocrystals that prevent light from reflecting off of the teeth’s surface and camouflage them in the deep ocean, the team reports today in the journal Matter. Helen Santoro, Science | AAAS, "The transparent teeth of this dragonfish evolved for one lethal purpose," 5 June 2019

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First Known Use of camouflage

Noun

1916, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

1917, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

Adjective

1918, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for camouflage

Noun, Verb, and Adjective

French, from camoufler to disguise

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camouflage

noun

English Language Learners Definition of camouflage

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: 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

camouflage

verb

English Language Learners Definition of camouflage (Entry 2 of 2)

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

camouflage

noun
cam·​ou·​flage | \ ˈka-mə-ˌfläzh How to pronounce camouflage (audio) , -ˌfläj\

Kids Definition of camouflage

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : the hiding or disguising of something by covering it up or changing the way it looks The leopard has spots for camouflage.
2 : something (as color or shape) that protects an animal from attack by making it difficult to see in the area around it

camouflage

verb
camouflaged; camouflaging

Kids Definition of camouflage (Entry 2 of 2)

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

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