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

Her design, Neon Nights 2, was inspired by her love of camouflage. Rick Barrett, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "New Berlin graphic designer named finalist in bowling shoe makeover contest," 11 July 2018 Fluffy clumps of moss dot the landscape in a quilted expanse of camouflage. Sarah Sekula, USA TODAY, "Heli-biking: Chopper up, epic ride down a mountain," 27 June 2018 Dima Shvets, 29, sat in a lounge chair the color of camouflage. Jeré Longman, New York Times, "Watching the World Cup in a War Zone, Where Every Goal Matters," 15 June 2018 The life-size figurines wear KKK robes made of colorful fabrics such as African prints and various shades of camouflage. Washington Post, "New art gallery raises ‘important but difficult’ topics," 13 Apr. 2018 The collection then dove into shades of brown, green, colorful camouflage, red and neon. Kristin Larson, chicagotribune.com, "Chicagoan Virgil Abloh debuts first Louis Vuitton collection with support from Kanye, Kim Kardashian," 22 June 2018 The human traffickers and the drug cartels quickly seized on the weakness and exploited it, routinely trafficking people across the border using children, at times, as camouflage. Fox News, "Sessions defends zero tolerance immigration policy," 19 June 2018 That Climb the Wall In the kitchen, three identical cupboards camouflage (from left): a washer-dryer; a refrigerator and freezer; and a utility closet and mechanicals. Catherine Romano, WSJ, "Uncluttered Doesn’t Mean Empty: Lessons From a Décor Pro," 15 June 2018 An unofficial missing person poster further described the cap as having a flame pattern, the pants as camouflage, the backpack as dark blue and Fristoe wearing a black hooded sweatshirt. Benjy Egel, sacbee, "Police searching for 34-year-old man with mental disabilities missing since April 9 | The Sacramento Bee," 18 Apr. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

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 The gentle surface of the film camouflages heartbreak and horror. Ian Mcewan, New York Times, "Review: In ‘On Chesil Beach,’ a Honeymoon Gone Wrong," 16 May 2018 My hair suddenly looked nuts; the line of demarcation had moved further down my scalp, becoming longer and harder to camouflage, and hat season would eventually end. Jessica Berger Gross, Longreads, "Gone Gray," 10 July 2018 In truth, civility has never been a consistent part of American politics, apart from the kind of fake politeness that camouflaged back-room, back-stabbing acts of strategic viciousness. Gilbert Garcia, San Antonio Express-News, "America misses a political civility it never had," 29 June 2018 To his credit, the immensely winning Mr. Kilgore doesn’t try to sell or camouflage those bits — just puts them out there and gets back to what’s fun about the song. Laura Collins-hughes, New York Times, "Review: Joyously Rediscovering ‘Songs for a New World’," 28 June 2018 The rigid steel that supports the mountains is artfully camouflaged with limp vines, creating a floating illusion. Bruce Pecho, chicagotribune.com, "20 things you may not know about Disney’s Animal Kingdom, which turns 20 on Earth Day," 17 Apr. 2018 Godwin said the snake was camouflaged in the middle of the path. Nathan J. Fish, azcentral, "'Hero' puppy takes on rattlesnake bite, saving owner, during walk," 2 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

French, from camoufler to disguise

Verb

see camouflage entry 1

Adjective

see camouflage entry 1

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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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