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

Synonyms: Verb

Antonyms: Verb

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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 As the sun rose, Duong donned his camouflage jacket and poured out two mugs of coffee. National Geographic, "This Vietnamese national park is a spice lover’s dream," 18 Jan. 2020 Others showed a migrant pinned to the ground, surrounded by men in camouflage. Catherine E. Shoichet, CNN, "Migrants clash with Mexican troops at the Guatemala border," 21 Jan. 2020 The Space Force announcement quickly drew questions as social media users homed in on the camouflage uniform to which the name tape was attached. Aimee Ortiz, New York Times, "A Small Step for Space Force Is Not a Giant Leap for Uniform Design," 19 Jan. 2020 Shelton was dressed head to toe in camouflage, and showed off his moves when his lady's performance aired on TV. Kelly Corbett, House Beautiful, "Blake Shelton and Gwen Stefani Rang in the New Year Together," 2 Jan. 2020 This Nike lightweight, polyester and cotton camouflage jacket has a Cleveland Browns logo on the chest, an American flag and Salute to Service NFL ribbon on the sleeve. Alicia Kortendick, cleveland, "Salute to Service: How to buy Browns gear Baker Mayfield, Odell Beckham Jr. wear on sidelines to honor military," 11 Nov. 2019 Sometimes, Howard wears his son’s camouflage Army jacket. Keith Bierygolick, Cincinnati.com, "10 years after Fort Hood: The forgotten soldier, and the father who is still fighting his war," 5 Nov. 2019 Live Afterparty After Hosting Gig Harbour wore a camouflage jacket, blue shirt and black pants. Eric Todisco, PEOPLE.com, "Stranger Things Star David Harbour Kisses Singer Lily Allen While Out in N.Y.C.," 14 Oct. 2019 His 100-odd young charges are dressed in camouflage uniforms and army boots. The Economist, "Many Chinese students are frightened of studying abroad," 21 Nov. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Such shore blinds, covered in camouflaging vegetation, typically sit along a bank and have room for up to two people. USA TODAY, "White Sands dust-up, distracted-driving cams, hog rules: News from around our 50 states," 10 Dec. 2019 If your hair is long enough, throwing it into a high ponytail or topknot can camouflage flat hair too. Lindy Segal, Harper's BAZAAR, "Expert Tips to Get of Hat Hair," 31 Oct. 2019 This is all good fun, but Carroll’s humor and jaunty writing can’t completely camouflage her pain over the damage caused by some of the men in her life. Sibbie O’sullivan, Houston Chronicle, "We know about E. Jean Carroll’s rape accusation. How is the rest of her book?," 8 July 2019 Or maybe this puts a premium on QB’s — irrespective of race — who can play well wearing the right color gloves — gloves that will give them the right hand hue to camouflage the football on handoffs. Matthias Gafni, SFChronicle.com, "49ers suspend broadcaster for saying Ravens QB Jackson had advantage due to ‘dark skin color with a dark football’," 4 Dec. 2019 Mullen, an elite play-caller like his counterpart, must get creative to camouflage the Gators’ lack of a power run game, and then capitalize on the team’s talent at receiver. Tom Green | Tgreen@al.com, al, "5 burning questions, prediction with a Florida writer," 4 Oct. 2019 Ambient Mode is also able to camouflage the screen into your wall’s pattern or show photos, artwork, or news. Paige Szmodis, Popular Mechanics, "This Amazon Deal Saves Thousands on Samsung’s Best TVs," 1 Oct. 2019 Sue and Emily enter the lecture hall and camouflage themselves in a sea of college boys. Kristin Vartan, EW.com, "The Dickinson recap binge guide: Episodes 1-10," 11 Nov. 2019 Loudspeakers came to life as their camouflaged, many-wheeled carriers growled towards the grand gateway of the Forbidden City where President Xi Jinping and other Chinese leaders waited on a rostrum. The Economist, "Xi’s embrace of false history and fearsome weapons is worrying," 3 Oct. 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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Time Traveler for camouflage

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The first known use of camouflage was in 1916

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Statistics for camouflage

Last Updated

14 Feb 2020

Cite this Entry

“Camouflage.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/camouflagic. Accessed 23 Feb. 2020.

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More Definitions for camouflage

camouflage

noun
How to pronounce camouflage (audio)

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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