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

Synonyms: Verb

Antonyms: Verb

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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 But two years later, in January 2018, Omirzakh claimed four officials in military camouflage came knocking at her door anyway and gave her three days to pay a $2,685 fine for having more than two children. Fox News, "China subjects Muslim minorities to forced birth control, abortions to suppress population, report says," 29 June 2020 Investigators arrived to interview the witness and were able to review the cell phone video which reportedly identified the suspect as wearing a camouflage ski mask, a black and gray baseball cap with blue shorts, blue shoes and blue socks. Kristi Nix, Houston Chronicle, "Wharton County man arrested for animal cruelty after dog found stabbed in Rosenberg," 25 June 2020 Afterward, when police arrived on the scene, the result looked like a battlefield encounter: Heavily armed police forces in tactical gear confronted militant civilians in camouflage gripping assault-style firearms. Firmin Debrabander, The New Republic, "America’s Cop Problem Is Also a Gun Problem," 24 June 2020 There's a group shot, a baker's dozen of us wearing matching camouflage T-shirts with 10.12.07 printed on them. Brian Barrett, Wired, "My Friend Was Struck by ALS. Here’s How He’s Fighting Back," 23 June 2020 Another new offering is a camouflage 2-pack ($19.99) with Reds logos on a light gray camo mask and a dark gray camo mask. Tim Bielik, cleveland, "Cincinnati Reds face masks available for coronavirus protection," 19 June 2020 The camouflage also appears to indicate a fuel-door on the passenger side. Roberto Baldwin, Car and Driver, "Chevy Corvette C8 with Enormous Wing Spotted Testing," 19 June 2020 One man carrying a semiautomatic rifle, and wearing camouflage fatigues and a military-style helmet, kicked the handgun away from the man and stood with his foot on top of the weapon. Katie Shepherd, Anchorage Daily News, "Armed militia member arrested after man is shot at Albuquerque protest," 16 June 2020 Troopers in camouflage uniforms, with Kevlar helmets, flak jackets, gas masks, and assault rifles, paced the ranks. Luke Mogelson, The New Yorker, "The Heart of the Uprising in Minneapolis," 15 June 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The virus spike may camouflage itself with sugar molecules. Mark Fischetti, Scientific American, "Support Science Journalism," 23 June 2020 The only light is the dim glow of bioluminescence—from electric jellies, camouflaged shrimp, and toothy predators with natural lanterns to attract unwitting prey. Ben Taub, The New Yorker, "Thirty-six Thousand Feet," 10 May 2020 When seen from above, a penguin’s black back blends into the dark ocean, and from below, its white stomach is camouflaged by the light from the sky. National Geographic, "Magellanic penguin," 8 Feb. 2020 These weaknesses were subtle, not glaring, and they could sometimes be camouflaged by Prescott’s mobility. Andy Benoit, SI.com, "How Kellen Moore’s Offense Potentially Shifts the Dak Prescott Conversation," 25 Sep. 2019 Completely camouflaged by mirrored walls, this modern room can fit two people and has a double bed, bathroom, lounge, and rooftop terrace. Hadley Mendelsohn, House Beautiful, "This Hotel Brings Your Childhood Treehouse Dreams to Life," 19 July 2019 The American response to the pandemic is laying bare class divides that are often camouflaged. Remy Tumin, New York Times, "Coronavirus, Stimulus, Yellowstone National Park: Your Friday Evening Briefing," 27 Mar. 2020 Far from camouflaging their hair loss, some bald but bold men have always embraced it. CBS News, "Almanac: Baldness," 22 Dec. 2019 Portage County Sheriff Mike Lukas told the Stevens Point Journal the shack was camouflaged amid trees in the secluded area. Fox News, "Wisconsin fugitive vanished before trial, hid for more than 3 years in cramped and cluttered makeshift bunker," 15 Aug. 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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Time Traveler for camouflage

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The first known use of camouflage was in 1916

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Statistics for camouflage

Last Updated

3 Jul 2020

Cite this Entry

“Camouflage.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/camouflage. Accessed 12 Jul. 2020.

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More Definitions for camouflage

camouflage

noun
How to pronounce camouflage (audio)

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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