The definition of a chameleon is a lizard that can change colors to match its surroundings, or a person who changes their personality depending on who they are with.noun
- A lizard that changes its colors regularly is an example of a chameleon.
- A person who is a party-girl with some friends and who claims to look down on the party-lifestyle with other friends is an example of a chameleon.
- any of various Old World lizards (family Chamaeleontidae) with an angular head, prehensile tail, eyes that move independently of each other, the ability to change skin color rapidly, and a long, agile tongue for catching prey
- any of various superficially similar lizards that can change the color of their skin, as the American chameleon
- a changeable or fickle person
Origin: ME camelioun < L chamaeleon < Gr chamaileōn < chamai, on the ground (akin to chthōn, earth: see homage) + leōn, lion
- chameleonic adjective
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- Any of various tropical Old World lizards of the family Chamaeleonidae, characterized by their ability to change color.
- See anole.
- A changeable or inconstant person: “In his testimony, the nominee came off as . . . a chameleon of legal philosophy” (Joseph A. Califano, Jr.)
Origin: Middle English camelioun, from Latin chamaeleōn, from Greek khamaileōn : khamai, on the ground; see dhghem- in Indo-European roots + leōn, lion (loan translation of Akkadian nēš qaqqari, ground lion, lizard); see Lion .
- cha·meˌle·onˈic adjective