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

Among them, one will find treasures like the green camouflage bomber from Raf Simons’s Fall 2001 collection, which is a personal favorite of Lobban’s. Vogue, "A New Helmut Lang Archives Book Comes to New York With a Traveling Vintage Show," 1 May 2019 The first and most obvious way is to avoid being seen and targeted, either by hiding in forests, among rough terrain, or under camouflage netting. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "This New Air Defense System Can Intercept Aircraft-Dropped Bombs," 4 Apr. 2019 Wearing camouflage and orange hats and vests, the hunters spread out to stands in trees and waited for deer to forage at dusk. Zusha Elinson, WSJ, "Put Down the Kombucha and Pick Up a Crossbow: Hipsters Are the New Hunters," 9 Jan. 2019 Soldiers accustomed to operating from large, secure bases in Iraq and Afghanistan now practice disguising their positions with camouflage netting. Eric Schmitt, New York Times, "In Eastern Europe, U.S. Military Girds Against Russian Might and Manipulation," 27 June 2018 He was last seen wearing a light blue Yankees baseball hat, a light blue t-shirt and a yellow t-shirt, a black belt around his torso, camouflage cargo pants and black boots, in addition to having a tattoo on his right forearm, according to police. Travis Fedschun, Fox News, "Shocking video shows attackers taking photos of victim after they knocked him out," 28 June 2018 The wild herb gives the camouflage-green pasta a grassy flavor, making it a fine partner for a light, creamy sauce. Florence Fabricant, New York Times, "The Only Time Cream Sauce Should Go on the Radiator," 9 Apr. 2018 Four men dressed in camouflage uniforms jumped out, grabbed me, threw me face-down into the back seat and sped away. Gerald F. Seib, WSJ, "A Regime Still Fighting the ‘Great Satan’," 1 Mar. 2019 The four options are berry blue, sunset orange, blue camouflage, and copper. Nick Statt, The Verge, "Sony adds four new brightly colored PlayStation 4 controller options," 20 Aug. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Once the wax is removed, buff the area with a clean cloth and furniture polish to blend and camouflage the repair. Carolyn Forte, Good Housekeeping, "The Best Way to Remove Candle Wax from Clothes, Carpet, and More," 24 Dec. 2018 The new, clear edges of the stickers blended seamlessly with my complexion, and its overall matte finish camouflaged into my skin. Devon Abelman, Allure, "Hero Cosmetics Mighty Patch Invisible+ Is Like an Invisibility Cloak For Pimples," 17 July 2018 When the property was discovered by authorities in 2006, it was protected by booby traps, including tripwires connected to percussion explosives and camouflaged plywood boards on the ground with nails protruding through them. Ruth Bruno, courant.com, "Man Formerly Imprisoned On Weapons Charges Arrested Again While On Probation," 27 June 2018 Sure, there’s plastic here and there but the clean, monochromatic design somehow camouflages that hard reality. Jeff Yip, Houston Chronicle, "VW’s revamped 2019 Jetta R-Line delivers bang for the buck," 5 May 2018 Fiber-rich fruits like berries and apples are also great options to include, as are leafy greens and vegetables that are easy to camouflage, like cauliflower and cucumbers. Audrey Bruno, SELF, "How to Make a Smoothie Without a Recipe," 2 Jan. 2019 The obsession with the Marriott carpet by Dragon Con fans started in 2013, when Harrison Krix, a prop designer in Atlanta, made military-style uniforms in the carpet pattern—and when the people wearing them laid on the floor, they were camouflaged. Cameron Mcwhirter, WSJ, "‘We’re Spending Our Hard-Earned Money to Dress Up Like Carpet.’ The Tight-Knit World of Rug Fans," 30 Aug. 2018 The expectant model also showed off her maternity shapewear which covered her baby bump which was perfectly camouflaged under her black long sleeve gown by Redemption. Karen Mizoguchi, PEOPLE.com, "Pregnant Chrissy Teigen Shows Off Her Baby Bump as She Poses in Just Her Maternity Shapewear," 19 Jan. 2018 Others opted to camouflage the Nazis in localized versions of their games. William Boston, WSJ, "Germany Eases Restrictions on Nazi Symbols in Videogames," 10 Aug. 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 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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