camouflage[kam′ə fläz̸h′, -fläj′]
- The definition of camouflage refers to the process of making something less obvious such as military dress that allows soldiers to blend in with their surroundings, animal coloring that allows animals to blend in and actions taken to hide your true intentions.
- An example of camouflage is green and white clothing worn by military men and women.
- An example of camouflage is a chameleon's skin, which changes colors depending on his environment.
- An example of camouflage is books you put in your backpack so you can pretend to go to the library when really you are sneaking out to a party.
- To camouflage is defined as to hide or disguise yourself.
An example of camouflage is when you dress in certain colors so you will blend in with your environment.
Soldiers in camouflage.
This soldiers camouflage uniform is often referred to as camo.
- the disguising of troops, ships, guns, etc. to conceal them from the enemy, as by the use of paint, nets, or leaves in patterns merging with the background
- a disguise or concealment of this kind
- any device or action used to conceal or mislead; deception
Origin of camouflageFrench ; from camoufler, to disguise; probably altered (infl. by camouflet, puff of smoke) ; from Italian camuffare, to disguise
- The concealing of personnel or equipment from an enemy by making them appear to be part of the natural surroundings.
- A shape or coloring that conceals: The leopard's camouflage makes it blend in with the forest shadows.
- a. Cloth, netting, or other material used for camouflage: spread the camouflage over the tank.b. Fabric or a garment dyed in splotches of green, brown, and tan, used for camouflage in certain environments.
verbcam·ou·flaged, cam·ou·flag·ing, cam·ou·flag·es
- To conceal by the use of camouflage.
- To conceal, usually through misrepresentation or other artifice: camouflaged their hatred with professions of friendship. See Synonyms at disguise.
Origin of camouflageFrench, from camoufler, to disguise, alteration (influenced by camouflet, snub, smoke blown in one's face) of Italian camuffare.
top: camouflage clothing
bottom: treehopper camouflaged as a thorn
- A disguise or covering up.
- The act of disguising.
- (military) The use of natural or artificial material on personnel, objects, or tactical positions with the aim of confusing, misleading, or evading the enemy.
- (textiles) A pattern on clothing consisting of irregularly shaped patches that are either greenish/brownish, brownish/whitish, or bluish/whitish, as used by ground combat forces.
- (biology) Resemblance of an organism to its surroundings for avoiding detection
- Clothes made from camouflage fabric, for concealment in combat or hunting.
(third-person singular simple present camouflages, present participle camouflaging, simple past and past participle camouflaged)
Borrowing from French camouflage, from camoufler (“to veil, disguise”), alteration (due to camouflet "smoke blown in one's face") of Italian camuffare (“to muffle the head”), from ca- (from Italian capo "head") + muffare (“to muffle”), from Medieval Latin muffula, muffla (“muff”), from Frankish *molfell (“soft garment made of hide”) from *mol (“softened, forworn”) (akin to Old High German molawēn "to soften", Middle High German molwic "soft") + *fell (“hide, skin”), from Proto-Germanic *fellą (“skin, film, fleece”), from Proto-Indo-European *pel(e)(w)-, *plē(w)- (“skin, hide”). Akin to Old High German fel (“fell, skin, hide”), Old English fell (“fell, skin, hide”). Alternate etymology traces the Italian and Medieval Latin words to Middle High German mouwe, mōwe (“sleeve”) (German Muff "muff", Dutch mouw "sleeve") from Proto-Germanic *mawwō (“sleeve”) + fell "skin". More at mulch, fell.