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cam·​ou·​flage ˈka-mə-ˌfläzh How to pronounce camouflage (audio)
: the disguising especially of military equipment or installations with paint, nets, or foliage
also : the disguise so applied
: concealment by means of disguise
The rabbit's white fur acts as camouflage in the snow.
: behavior or artifice designed to deceive or hide
hiding behind a camouflage of righteous indignation
camouflagic adjective


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camouflaged; camouflaging

transitive verb

: to conceal or disguise by camouflage
The makeup camouflages blemishes.

intransitive verb

: to practice camouflage
camouflageable adjective


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: made in colors or patterns typical of camouflage
a camouflage jacket

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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Those only recently stranded from the sea still have their rich, cobalt-blue color, a pigment that provides both camouflage and protection from the sun’s UV rays during their life on the open ocean. Corinne Purtill, Los Angeles Times, 3 May 2024 Bioluminescence is used throughout the animal kingdom, particularly in marine environments, to lure prey, startle predators and even act as camouflage in the surrounding light. Sam Jones, New York Times, 23 Apr. 2024 See all Example Sentences for camouflage 

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Word History



French, from camoufler to disguise


derivative of camouflage entry 1


from attributive use of camouflage entry 1

First Known Use


1885, in the meaning defined at sense 2a


1917, in the meaning defined at transitive sense


1918, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of camouflage was in 1885

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Cite this Entry

“Camouflage.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 May. 2024.

Kids Definition


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cam·​ou·​flage ˈkam-ə-ˌfläzh How to pronounce camouflage (audio)
: the hiding or disguising of something by covering it up or changing the way it looks
: the material (as paint or leaves and branches) used for camouflage


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camouflaged; camouflaging
: to hide or disguise by camouflage

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