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 camouflage (audio) , -​jik \ adjective

Verb

camouflageable \ ˈka-​mə-​ˌflä-​zhə-​bəl How to pronounce camouflage (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 An arriving officer located camouflage Ford Explorer facing eastbound in an Albion Road ditch. John Benson, cleveland, "When asked for license, marijuana-smelling driver gives officer credit card: North Royalton Police Blotter," 28 Apr. 2021 Eggs that are not readily exposed to view — the view of predators — tend to be pale, a solid color, no camouflage needed. Jim Williams, Star Tribune, "Why are some bird eggs blue and some speckled? Location, location, location," 27 Apr. 2021 There were Joshes upon Joshes; and costumes ranging from Spider-Man to Uncle Sam to a Trojan helmet to someone hidden in a Ghillie camouflage suit. Jason Gay, WSJ, "The Day People Named Josh Fought in Nebraska," 26 Apr. 2021 People in camouflage were spotted heading single file into the building with their hands on each other's shoulders in a military stack. Ashley Fantz, CNN, "The military has long had an extremism problem. What will it do now to finally solve it?," 31 Mar. 2021 And this town, seemingly, makes perfect sense for the 6-5, redheaded, NFL quarterback known for his love of camouflage pants, bison burgers and backward ballcaps. Dana Hunsinger Benbow, The Indianapolis Star, "Colts QB Carson Wentz a lil' bit country: $1.7M farmhouse with hunting room, cornfields," 8 Mar. 2021 Francis was described by police as about 6-foot-2, and last seen wearing a black hoodie and camouflage pants. Fox News, "Handcuffed suspect in Pennsylvania shot police officer three times before fleeing, new video shows," 22 Dec. 2020 The individual depicted throwing the object, later identified to be Agard-Berryhill, was a young, Caucasian male wearing a green colored vest, camouflage pants, and a mask. Emma Colton, Washington Examiner, "'He chose his poison': Woman identifies grandson as suspect who threw makeshift bomb at Portland federal courthouse," 2 Aug. 2020 Briefing materials from the Saudi military earlier obtained by the AP showed men on the vessel dressed in camouflage, military-style fatigues, as well as small boats capable of ferrying cargo to the Yemeni coast. Jon Gambrell, Star Tribune, "Iran state TV acknowledges ship attacked in Red Sea," 7 Apr. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Rish speaks about vaccinating over a third of a million people in very presidential fashion, but that shouldn’t camouflage the very daunting nature of the undertaking. Cecelia Townes, Forbes, "Tameka Rish: An AMB Sports & Entertainment Executive Committed To People," 15 Apr. 2021 Instead, the octopuses were changing into fantastical patterns that had nothing to do with real world stimuli, like the proximity of other creatures or a need to camouflage themselves. Sara Harrison, Wired, "What Octopus Dreams Tell Us About the Evolution of Sleep," 16 Apr. 2021 Look for thin and flexible models, which are simple to camouflage under clothing. Connie Chang, Washington Post, "Covid sparked interest in wearable thermometers, but you may be better off sticking to the basics," 30 Mar. 2021 In recent days, some Trump associates have speculated that Gaetz's request for a group pardon was an attempt to camouflage his own potential criminal exposure. Michael S. Schmidt, Star Tribune, "Rep. Gaetz sought pre-emptive pardon from Trump, sources say," 6 Apr. 2021 In recent days, some Trump associates have speculated that Mr. Gaetz’s request for a group pardon was an attempt to camouflage his own potential criminal exposure. New York Times, "Matt Gaetz, Loyal for Years to Trump, Is Said to Have Sought a Blanket Pardon," 6 Apr. 2021 For instance, ash gray and cool-toned blondes can camouflage grays into a tonal masterpiece that bounces light away from the grays and makes the whole thing look effortlessly deliberate. Elle Turner, Glamour, "'Gray Blending' Is the Gorgeous New Way to Transition Your Hair," 21 Mar. 2021 The medium-deep tint sprays on with no residue to smooth out skin tone and camouflage any imperfections. Kasey Caminiti, Forbes, "11 Best Self Tanners That Will Have You Glowing All Year Long," 9 Mar. 2021 And the disorganization of Ms. Parks’s script is enhanced by a succession of montages that must have been put together to camouflage narrative gaps. Joe Morgenstern, WSJ, "‘The United States vs. Billie Holiday’ Review: Singer in Their Sights," 25 Feb. 2021

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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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5 May 2021

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“Camouflage.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/camouflage. Accessed 9 May. 2021.

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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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