camouflage

noun
cam·​ou·​flage | \ ˈka-mə-ˌfläzh, -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 , -​jik \ adjective

Verb

camouflageable \ ˈka-​mə-​ˌflä-​zhə-​bəl , -​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

It is bookended by two mammoth works featuring a camouflage pattern—an apt motif for an artist who cultivated a facade of blank neutrality, parrying probing questions about his art and inspiration with gnomic sound bites. Brenda Cronin, WSJ, "Warhol Takes New York, Again," 26 Oct. 2018 Other dinners have included camouflage-themed risotto flavored with puréed food scraps, and a composition, made with five different vintages of Parmesan cheese, that explored no less than the concept of time. Jonathan Gold, latimes.com, "Jonathan Gold looks over the 2018 World's 50 Best Restaurants list and names some notable omissions," 21 June 2018 But what about those species that rely on running and camouflage to protect themselves? Taylor Piephoff, charlotteobserver, "Keep an eye out for birds in odd places as migrants arrive | Charlotte Observer," 20 Apr. 2018 Since stonefish rely on camouflage for both protection and hunting prey, Smith doesn't think the flourescense has a defensive purpose like, say, warning off predators. Aj Willingham, CNN, "Stonefish are already scary, and now scientists have found they have switchblades in their heads," 12 Apr. 2018 The three Ukrainian ships have been moved to the Russian port at Kerch and are reportedly being covered with camouflage netting. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "Russia Seizes Three Ukrainian Warships in Border Incident," 26 Nov. 2018 On Saturday, scores of police vehicles and troops in camouflage gear had sealed off several blocks around the temple. James R. Hagerty, WSJ, "Suspect in Pittsburgh Synagogue Shooting Faces 29 Federal Charges," 27 Oct. 2018 The little tot rocked a Louis Vuitton Supreme t-shirt, camouflage pants, and black sneakers for the trip. Isabel Greenberg, Harper's BAZAAR, "Kylie Jenner and Travis Scott Wear Matching Diamonds Cut Into Stormi's Name," 25 Oct. 2018 Just weeks after inspiring us to embrace an entirely camouflage wardrobe and Bella Hadid has changed the fashion game again. Lauren Rearick, Teen Vogue, "Bella Hadid Wore Denim on Denim," 20 Oct. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

New methods were needed to protect from the growing threat of the Luftwaffe, but despite the lip-service paid to camouflage very little had changed from the last war. Mary Horlock, Longreads, "The Camouflage Artist: Two Worlds Wars, Two Loves, and One Great Deception," 21 June 2018 Safe at Home In a Bethesda, Md., bathroom, residential designer Jonas Carnemark camouflaged the elements meant to assist a man with limited mobility by using organic-looking tiles and a limited palette. Sara Bliss, WSJ, "Renovation Strategies to Live at Home—Stylishly—Into Your 80s," 23 Aug. 2018 Waiting for us at the top were four all-electric prototype vehicles, camouflaged against unscrupulous photographers. Megan Geuss, Ars Technica, "Recuperating power: Charging a prototype Audi e-tron with kinetic energy," 7 Aug. 2018 Back To Life Recover Treatment can be used as a base coat or sheer nude polish that camouflages damage while hydrating nails with vitamin C and coconut, apricot, and avocado oils. Zoë Weiner, Teen Vogue, "Gel Nails: 12 Things You Need To Know About Gel Manicures," 17 July 2018 There is a hint of capitalism here, despite the invisibility cloaks (which camouflaged against the runway, as inspired by Harry Potter). Rachel Nussbaum, Glamour, "This Fashion Show Sent Models Down the Runway Makeup-Free to Make a Point," 14 Sep. 2018 The architects maximized the room’s space, with an inset stove top and a wall of green cabinetry that camouflages storage space and the dishwasher. Liz Stinson, Curbed, "Paris apartment goes bold with green kitchen," 3 Aug. 2018 Charlie certainly got his hands dirty, camouflaged in mud with a matching mud-hawk. Emma Tomsich, Detroit Free Press, "Mud Day attracts thousands to play dirty in metro Detroit," 10 July 2018 Don’s characteristic watermelon spots and stripes camouflage young tapirs in their forest habitat in Mexico, Central America and Colombia. Bradley J. Fikes, sandiegouniontribune.com, "For the Fourth, bring out the (San Diego Zoo) babies!," 3 July 2018

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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, -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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