An example of camouflage is when you dress in certain colors so you will blend in with your environment.
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.
Camouflaged their hatred with professions of friendship.
The leopard's camouflage makes it blend in with the forest shadows.
Origin of camouflage
- French from camoufler to disguise alteration (influenced by camouflet snub, smoke blown in one's face) of Italian camuffare
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- 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.