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

Turner had stopped by his house during the day on July 5, 2018, to find Wilson, 47, covered in sweat, wearing camouflage and sitting on the front steps. Jerry Mitchell, ProPublica, "Inside The Prison Where Inmates Set Each Other On Fire and Gangs Have More Power Than Guards," 19 Aug. 2019 Dealers, most of them in black or camouflage, plying their trade openly. Carl Nolte, SFChronicle.com, "Near civic wonders, drugs a constant scourge," 10 Aug. 2019 Gomez, who was born in Honduras and is an Army veteran, was wearing military camouflage at the time of the fight. Fox News, "Second New Orleans officer enters plea in connection with beating of Hispanic man," 8 Aug. 2019 Police say the robber is a black man who was wearing a black mask, white T-shirt, gray camouflage cropped pants and gray New Balance gym shoes. Jeanne Houck, Cincinnati.com, "Watch robber leap onto counter at West Chester UDF, assault clerk. Do you know him?," 16 July 2019 Deiler said Button, in head-to-toe camouflage, identified himself, and the officers discovered his felony warrant from Portage County. Alisha Ebrahimji, CNN, "Wisconsin police say they found a fugitive hiding in a solar-powered bunker in the woods," 16 Aug. 2019 There are other theories, too, like better camouflage, managing blood flow, or preserving body heat. Melissa Locker, Time, "Baby Flamingo's Struggle to Stand on One Foot Is Basically All of Us," 25 July 2019 Trump will salute America in sight of the two more diminutive, 30-ton Bradley infantry fighting vehicles, painted in woodland camouflage, their treads festooned in navy blue drapes. Bymichael D. Shear, BostonGlobe.com, "Trump defends plans for July Fourth extravaganza as criticism mounts," 3 July 2019 Tickets are available for four groups – red, white, blue and camouflage. Chris Sims, Indianapolis Star, "'Merica Pub Crawl promises beer, games for charity in Broad Ripple," 21 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

His 1950s-era triplex is camouflaged by noirish vegetation — giant birds of paradise, fan palms, topiary bushes chain-sawed into vaguely menacing amoebic forms. Peter Haldeman, Los Angeles Times, "He may hate the word ‘buzz,’ but Los Angeles magazine editor Maer Roshan is creating it," 5 Sep. 2019 But new defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo at least partially camouflages these warts with disguised five-man pressures in front of two-deep match-zone coverages. Andy Benoit, SI.com, "Chiefs Boast a League-Leading Offense, But Can the Defense Play Its Part?," 20 Aug. 2019 The brush camouflaged a boulder, and Bausch ran right into it. Beth Bragg, Anchorage Daily News, "On a challenging day in the mountains, Scott Patterson wins a record 6th Crow Pass title," 21 July 2019 The command server proxy could impersonate WinGup, an open source updater that's used by Notepad++ in an attempt to camouflage itself. Dan Goodin, Ars Technica, "New advanced malware, possibly nation sponsored, is targeting US utilities," 2 Aug. 2019 The fact of the matter is that Roberts, abetted by a conservative majority, is uninterested in policing the ground rules of modern democracy, and originalism is the figleaf intended to camouflage that desire. Guy-uriel E. Charles, Time, "SCOTUS's Ruling on Gerrymandering Endangers US Democracy," 11 July 2019 On this vacation, Duncan tried to set up a tour of a U.S. Navy base, allegedly to camouflage the personal expense as an official one. Robin Abcarian, latimes.com, "Duncan Hunter, your wife admitted conspiring with you to steal campaign funds. You don’t belong in Congress," 18 June 2019 Find a secluded spot camouflaged by a tree or rushes, sit awhile and be amazed at the dozens of species of fauna whizzing past. Mare Czinar, azcentral, "Fun summer hikes in Arizona: These hidden little lakes attract wildlife, hikers and anglers," 5 July 2019 Hawaiian bobtail squid light up via bioluminescent bacteria living in one of their organs; the light camouflages them against moonlight on the surface and eliminates their shadow, obscuring them from predators. Liz Langley, National Geographic, "How bioluminescence works in nature," 2 May 2019

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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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