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

And about five or so faces into that roster — not so prominent as to draw immediate attention, not so buried as to suggest deliberate camouflage — voters were greeted by a smiling mayor. Matt Flegenheimer, New York Times, "Kamala Harris Was Ready to Brawl From the Beginning," 15 Sep. 2019 Their black-brown-tan camouflage fits perfectly in the marsh, as well as in the higher sandy ground that makes up another part of their range. Gena Steffens, Smithsonian, "The Snakes That Ate Florida," 11 July 2019 The first 911 calls from the festival came in at 5:41 p.m. Witnesses reported the shooter was a man in his 20s wearing a camouflage uniform and hat with a long rifle with removable ammunition magazines. SFChronicle.com, "Gilroy Garlic Festival shooting: Violence unfolded in seconds of terror and chaos," 29 July 2019 The team unveiled home, road and alternate uniforms, plus a special camouflage uniform in honor of military service members. Ashley Remkus | Aremkus@al.com, al.com, "Rocket City Trash Pandas unveil baseball uniforms," 20 June 2019 His camouflage combat uniform was crumpled on the floor. Bree Burkitt, AZCentral.com, "A frantic call, a final standoff: 'Please don't hurt him. He just needs help'," 19 June 2019 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

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Children camouflaged as soldiers, they’ve been hardened by both inhospitable nature and unseen indoctrination. Carlos Aguilar, Los Angeles Times, "Review: Heaven, Earth and war collide in Alejandro Landes’ visceral ‘Monos’," 12 Sep. 2019 Some other camouflaging critters on display this weekend include: Phasmidas, better known as walking sticks or stick bugs. Greg Burnett, cleveland.com, "Lake Metroparks Penitentiary Glen Reservation goes buggy," 6 Sep. 2019 The moon will be nearly full in the wee hours of Wednesday, and the abundance of lunar light is going to whitewash the sky, camouflaging all but the brighter meteors. Mike Lynch, Twin Cities, "Sky Watch: Don’t wait for its peak to look for the Perseid meteor shower," 11 Aug. 2019 Some even offer trickier applications, such as camouflaging stretch marks or hiding dark circles with pigment. Monica Corcoran Harel, Marie Claire, "What Is Cosmetic Tattooing? Read This Before You Get One," 29 Mar. 2019 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

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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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