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

Dressed in matching camouflage outfits, Hadid opted for a tiny skirt with a skimpy bra for the occasion. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Bella Hadid Just Celebrated The Weeknd's Birthday in a Camouflage Bra," 17 Feb. 2019 Nick and Priyanka, decked out in matching camouflage print, identical baseball caps and even similar sunglasses, shared some great photos from their time in the great outdoors on Tuesday. Lucy Wood, Marie Claire, "Priyanka Chopra and Fiancé Nick Jonas Wore Matching Camo for a Ranch Date in Dallas, Texas," 19 Sep. 2018 Jagger-skinny, canvas bag slung across a worn camouflage T-shirt, a jaded and bemused expression with a hint of Humphrey Bogart. Kathleen Purvis, charlotteobserver, "This is how I'll remember Anthony Bourdain: A Charlotte visit and an ash-tray incident," 8 June 2018 For several songs, one of the bars was populated by eight soldiers, all in camouflage uniforms, who were brought out as part of a salute to the U.S. military. Timothy Finn, kansascity, "Brad Paisley honors troops, George Brett plus fan gifts at Kansas City concert | The Kansas City Star," 17 Feb. 2018 The prime minister sometimes dons camouflage to celebrate Diwali, the Hindu festival of lights, with troops on the borders with China and Pakistan. Sadanand Dhume, WSJ, "India Is Falling Behind China in an Asian Arms Race," 7 Feb. 2019 Sitting at the bar of The Breslin, the restaurant tucked into New York’s Ace Hotel, is an old man wearing glasses, a turtleneck, and, improbably, a pair of fashionable Valentino sneakers, camouflage with neon-pink splotches. Cam Wolf, GQ, "How UpscaleHype Became Menswear’s Most Important Instagram Account," 26 Apr. 2018 Without a canopy and proper camouflage, wild parrots have become an easy target. Danica Coto, The Seattle Times, "Scientists work to save wild Puerto Rican parrot after Maria," 21 Nov. 2018 But scientists in Japan noticed that despite their camouflage, stick insects became bird food quite frequently. Joanna Klein, New York Times, "Stick Insects Are Easy Bird Food, and That Might Help Them Reproduce," 5 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

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 Animals like the snowshoe hare, found in the boreal forests of Alaska, undergo a seasonal molt from brown in the summer to white in the winter to camouflage with their environment. Umair Irfan, Vox, "Winters are warming faster than summers. These US cities could lose weeks of freezing days by 2050.," 21 Dec. 2018 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

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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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