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


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



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


camouflagic \ ˌka-​mə-​ˈflä-​zhik How to pronounce camouflage (audio) , -​jik \ adjective


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 Gone, too, are the middle school uniforms in military camouflage and the armored personnel carriers rumbling around the homeland of the Uyghurs., 10 Oct. 2021 Three Alabama golfers were injured over the weekend after several individuals dressed in camouflage attacked them at a golf course, according to police. Tandra Smith |, al, 30 Sep. 2021 In front of the station, a group of people crossed the street, including a limping man in camouflage, heavily tattooed. Thomas Meaney, The New Yorker, 27 Sep. 2021 Octopuses usually change their skin color for camouflage or for communication but during sleep, environmental factors no longer trigger these patterns. Katie Hunt, CNN, 25 Mar. 2021 Arctic hares molt or shed their fur with the changing seasons, becoming brown for better camouflage during the summer. Samantha Lawyer, Woman's Day, 26 Feb. 2021 The landscape was overwhelming in scale, and everything that lived in it, predator and prey, was adapted for camouflage. Maggie Shipstead, Condé Nast Traveler, 5 Oct. 2020 Green can be a good color for camouflage, not least for protectionism, and that, clearly, is the direction in which the EU is going. Andrew Stuttaford, National Review, 14 Sep. 2020 But according to a study published last week in Current Biology, jewel beetles might just turn this trope on its head, deploying their beguiling gleam for camouflage instead. Katherine J. Wu, Smithsonian Magazine, 29 Jan. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb As many as 500 people try out for the gig each year; of the 195 who made the cut this summer — evaluators are looking for speed, agility, focus, and the ability to camouflage — nearly two-thirds are veterans like Villareal. Jane Starr Drinkard, Curbed, 28 Aug. 2021 Leafy Seadragons hide in the thick kelp to camouflage themselves from predators. Cecilia Rodriguez, Forbes, 29 Aug. 2021 Certainly, Feldman is not trying to camouflage herself. Washington Post, 28 Aug. 2021 Iraqi officials say Iran has used the new groups to try to camouflage, in discussions with the Iraqi government, its responsibility for strikes targeting U.S. interests, which often end up killing Iraqis. New York Times, 4 June 2021 There were other, comparatively sedate, offerings via Web 1.0, primarily concealers and foundations shipped in discreet packaging to men who wanted to camouflage acne and scarring. Ahmed Zambarakji, Robb Report, 23 June 2021 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, 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, 16 Apr. 2021 Look for thin and flexible models, which are simple to camouflage under clothing. Connie Chang, Washington Post, 30 Mar. 2021

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First Known Use of camouflage


1916, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1917, in the meaning defined at transitive sense


1918, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for camouflage

Noun, Verb, and Adjective

French, from camoufler to disguise

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The first known use of camouflage was in 1916

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20 Oct 2021

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“Camouflage.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Oct. 2021.

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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



English Language Learners Definition of camouflage (Entry 2 of 2)

: to hide (something) by covering it up or making it harder to see


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


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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