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 The birds are experts in stealth, using camouflage, small size and silence to avoid detection. Tristan Baurick, NOLA.com, "Endangered species status granted to black rail, mysterious bird that thrives in Louisiana marsh," 7 Oct. 2020 But Brown has shown he’s willing to adapt as well, moving pieces to accentuate strengths and camouflage weaknesses. Rainer Sabin, Detroit Free Press, "Michigan football's Don Brown seeking new tricks after exodus of experience," 7 Oct. 2020 There were even a couple of prototype ID.4s, with technicians carefully peeling away their camouflage after that day's public debut of the car. John Pearley Huffman, Car and Driver, "2022 Volkswagen Taos Previews an Important New Engine for VW," 6 Oct. 2020 The younger spotters wore sneakers and sweats; the more senior ones favored camouflage pants and puffy jackets. Maggie Shipstead, Condé Nast Traveler, "Spotting Snow Leopards in the Himalayas," 5 Oct. 2020 Many were dressed in camouflage and some were armed with bear mace, batons or semiautomatic rifles. Washington Post, "Proud Boys draw smaller-than-expected crowd to Portland as city hopes for calm," 26 Sep. 2020 Federal tactical officers, many dressed in camouflage fatigues, responded with aggressive force, firing tear gas and impact munitions into the crowds and pushing people several blocks away. oregonlive, "Some Portland police officers to be deputized as federal officers for Saturday’s Proud Boy rally, counter-protests," 26 Sep. 2020 The sight of militiamen in a major U.S. city terrified some and thrilled others after videos of dozens of armed, camouflage-wearing men walking around downtown Louisville Wednesday night surfaced online. Anna Giaritelli, Washington Examiner, "Division over armed militiamen patrolling protest-ridden cities," 25 Sep. 2020 Ground crews remove camouflage coverings from a H-6K strategic bomber, prepare it for flight, and the big, lumbering, 1950s-era bomber takes to the skies as civilians watch from below. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "China Made This Fake Video of Bombers Attacking U.S. Targets. It's Bonkers.," 22 Sep. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The formula should be dense enough to fully camouflage the darkness. Jessica Teich, Good Housekeeping, "How to Apply Concealer Flawlessly, According to Makeup Pros," 9 Oct. 2020 Even if the social network's new policies work perfectly, Q followers can still camouflage their activity or move to other platforms. Emma Grey Ellis, Wired, "A Facebook Ban Won't Stop QAnon," 8 Oct. 2020 The governor tries to camouflage his weakness with showy displays of executive authority. Gilbert Garcia, ExpressNews.com, "Garcia: Abbott hits a new low with voter-suppression order," 3 Oct. 2020 And do camouflage the bigness of them -- maybe just below the knee to mid-calf with lace or ribbons. Annie Lane, oregonlive, "Dear Annie: Dustup over housework help that falls short," 26 Aug. 2020 And do camouflage the bigness of them -- maybe just below the knee to mid-calf with lace or ribbons. Annie Lane, oregonlive, "Dear Annie: Dustup over housework help that falls short," 26 Aug. 2020 For her new home-to-office lifestyle Dr. Chang has embraced knitwear for its unfussy elegance and, admittedly, its ability to camouflage pandemic weight gain. Fiorella Valdesolo, WSJ, "Offices, Zoom, Home-Schooling: How to Dress for Our New Reality," 4 Sep. 2020 But many people who stim learn to mask or camouflage this behavior. Lauren Rowello, Health.com, "Stimming: What This Behavior Is and Why People Do It," 1 Sep. 2020 And do camouflage the bigness of them -- maybe just below the knee to mid-calf with lace or ribbons. Annie Lane, oregonlive, "Dear Annie: Dustup over housework help that falls short," 26 Aug. 2020

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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

Time Traveler

The first known use of camouflage was in 1916

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Last Updated

19 Oct 2020

Cite this Entry

“Camouflage.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/camouflage. Accessed 21 Oct. 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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