Definition of camouflage in English:

camouflage

noun

mass noun
  • 1The disguising of military personnel, equipment, and installations by painting or covering them to make them blend in with their surroundings.

    ‘on the trenches were pieces of turf which served for camouflage’
    • ‘By 1918, the use of military camouflage was axiomatic, and in 1939 war artists were again mobilized to advise on concealment.’
    • ‘New ideas are often slow to catch on in the military, and digital camouflage was one of them.’
    • ‘Jackson had since met a woman from his wilderness group and they tied the knot in camouflage military fatigues.’
    • ‘It could even replace the traditional green-and-brown camouflage splotches used on military equipment since the First World War.’
    • ‘The need to fire 360 degrees may also limit the use of camouflage nets.’
    • ‘Adding a sense of combat reality to the classroom are sandbags, camouflage netting, and the sounds of exploding ordnance and close air support.’
    • ‘It managed a multitude of critical supply requirements, including desert camouflage uniforms and body armor for deploying soldiers.’
    • ‘Imagine the military applications of dynamic camouflage clothing.’
    • ‘A smaller man, also wearing the military camouflage stood up from his chair.’
    • ‘Ubiquitous technologies for encryption, passive measures like camouflage, and low-tech countermeasures will see to that.’
    • ‘At each test site the observers were asked to select the one camouflage uniform that blended best with the surrounding urban background.’
    • ‘The use of modern combat hardware and equipment sets higher standards for camouflage, concealment, and deception.’
    • ‘He was wearing military style fatigues including camouflage trousers tucked into brown boots.’
    • ‘By relying on camouflage, the military resort to the same artifice that enables many prey animals to enhance their chances of survival by minimizing detectability.’
    • ‘It's a house covered in camouflage netting so people can't see what you're doing inside.’
    • ‘These special camouflage nets were very specialised pieces of equipment.’
    • ‘It was also effective in stripping camouflage from concealed bunkers.’
    • ‘Other camouflage accessories include camo tape and other items that will help hide a shotgun.’
    • ‘The camouflage Humvees were on every corner topped by national guardsmen.’
    • ‘Groups in other schools made camouflage nets, raised funds through the Red Cross and knitted for the men in the Forces.’
    disguise, concealment
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    1. 1.1Clothing or materials used as camouflage.
      ‘figures dressed in army camouflage’
      • ‘Two giants appeared from a nearby army barracks in camouflage and studded helmets.’
      • ‘There are too many hunters with guns wearing camouflage and Red Sox hats.’
      • ‘Woolrich offers both camouflage and traditional hunting clothing for turkey hunters.’
      • ‘The Greek soldiers clunk around set with combat boots, camouflage, and sub-machine guns.’
      • ‘Call me an ignorant Trinidadian, but I never knew it was against the law to wear or own any camouflage or camouflage-resembling clothing in this country.’
      • ‘The soldiers were in camouflage, with baseball caps and black backpacks, and were armed with rifles.’
      • ‘With his khaki camouflage and ID card pinned to his trousers he was indistinguishable, without closer inspection, from any soldier in the complex.’
      • ‘The U.S. soldiers, dressed in Kevlar vests and desert tan camouflage, were drenched with sweat.’
      • ‘Tony swapped his suit for camouflage when he tackled a gruelling Army challenge.’
      • ‘I took note of their dark camouflage and shiny boots.’
      • ‘Beyond choosing their clothing and helmet, they can also pick their camouflage.’
      • ‘Still, it thrills me that friends of mine are there as we speak, slogging around in the bayous, waiting, listening silently behind veils of camouflage.’
      • ‘‘I am helping you,’ a man dressed in camouflage told a crying girl.’
      • ‘Following her was a man, also dressed in desert camouflage.’
      • ‘Dressed in camouflage, gripping his .357 caliber Magnum, Demar was primed to shoot.’
      • ‘She was dressed in green camouflage and waving a banner that Ford couldn't read, since it was backwards.’
      • ‘I realize that I'm not the most trendy person around but what is up with dressing children in camouflage?’
      • ‘He dressed in green camouflage which did the job at the time.’
      • ‘I squint up at the buff man dressed completely in camouflage and raise an eyebrow.’
      • ‘As a reporter, Adie was often dressed in camouflage, wrestling with the practical problems of being a woman in the world of war.’
    2. 1.2The natural colouring or form of an animal which enables it to blend in with its surroundings.
      ‘the whiteness of polar bears provides camouflage’
      • ‘One of the most widespread and varied adaptations is natural camouflage, an animal's ability to hide itself from predator and prey.’
      • ‘Thus plumage soiling not only provides instant camouflage but, unlike molting, is easily reversible.’
      • ‘In its natural environment its mottled colouring provides camouflage.’
      • ‘It tends to be seen sitting on barnacle-covered rocks, in only a few feet of water, where its mottled pale brown and green colouring provides excellent camouflage.’
      • ‘These, in addition to its natural camouflage, discourage other organisms from feeding on it.’
      • ‘There was weak support for spots in adults and stripes in young providing camouflage and for dark leg markings being a form of disruptive coloration.’
      • ‘The patterned coats of sleeping wild dogs are easily mistaken for dead logs, elephant dung and fallen mopane leaves, providing them with perfect camouflage in their favourite habitat.’
      • ‘It is possible that under certain light conditions they provide camouflage.’
      • ‘Bitterns are virtually invisible as their plumage provides perfect camouflage.’
      • ‘This may have served the purpose of camouflage, making the animal more inconspicuous.’
      • ‘Big animals don't need camouflage, because they're big - they're dangerous.’
      • ‘Participants will also find out how animals use camouflage.’
      • ‘Among some ground-nesting waterbirds, such as gulls and plovers, research has shown that speckling aids egg camouflage.’
      • ‘In nature, most markings on herd animals are intended as camouflage to protect them from being seen by predators.’
      • ‘The countershading of bat rays, a form of camouflage, protects them from predators above and below.’
      • ‘Natural camouflage is one of nature's most interesting traits.’
      • ‘The natural camouflage often found on the bodies of snakes is shown through the use of painted diamonds and triangles that appear throughout the length of the body.’
      • ‘The trevally uses camouflage for added protection from predators.’
      • ‘The effectiveness of the female's spring camouflage is as uncanny as that of her white plumage in winter.’
      • ‘This coloration, typical of many marine mammals, provides camouflage.’
      protective colouring
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    3. 1.3Actions or devices intended to disguise or mislead.
      ‘much of my apparent indifference was merely protective camouflage’
      • ‘Detailed centralised supervision and inspection is a recipe for decline which official statistics merely camouflage.’
      • ‘Bara also warned that such a hasty accusation could prompt a perception among the public that it is merely camouflage for the real masterminds of the bombings.’
      • ‘They're complete masters of camouflage and deception.’
      • ‘The hijackers kept these accounts in their own names with no attempt at camouflage.’
      • ‘It was the seedy part of town that hides behind a modern estate that has been cleverly built in front of it as camouflage.’
      facade, front, false front, smokescreen, cover-up, disguise, mask, cloak, blind, screen, masquerade, concealment, dissimulation, pretence
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verb

[with object]
  • 1Hide or disguise the presence of (a person, animal, or object) by means of camouflage.

    ‘the caravan was camouflaged with netting and branches from trees’
    • ‘Carle's trademark artwork is enhanced by acetate overlays behind which the fish are camouflaged in an effect that is very beautiful.’
    • ‘Any small triplefin that ventured too close to these camouflaged predators met a quick end in their cavernous mouths.’
    • ‘The nymphs are not as brightly colored as the adults, but are well camouflaged predators who ambush their prey.’
    • ‘Coloration varies, but is normally a brownish mud-color that camouflages these fish in their natural habitats.’
    • ‘That one is much heavier and is doing the worse job at camouflaging its presence.’
    • ‘Her nakedness, though, is well camouflaged by a veil of long curly hair falling on her shoulders.’
    • ‘He continued to grumble as he covered the boat, camouflaging it.’
    • ‘Even if the floor covering camouflages the stain, damage still is being done.’
    • ‘The students were also able to see how different marine animals defend themselves against predators through camouflaging themselves with their environment.’
    • ‘Late in the afternoon, just as Barbara finishes camouflaging her last trap, we hear the yowl of another snowmobile ascending the valley.’
    • ‘But this was a semantic masterpiece in camouflaging his own feelings.’
    • ‘Throwing sand over the eggs and camouflaging the nest takes up another hour.’
    • ‘The key to camouflaging your bra is to wear one that's a similar shade to your skin tone.’
    • ‘This camouflages the fact that you don't know which end of the stick is sharp.’
    • ‘During the Second World War the Lamb factory made components for war planes, and was camouflaged against enemy air attack.’
    • ‘I also had a tiny smudge, rather than a bruise, on the left of my forehead, which was easily camouflaged by make-up and a fringe.’
    • ‘The Ghost crabs are named for their translucent bodies, and they are well camouflaged against the sand.’
    • ‘I spent a half hour staring at a lizard that had camouflaged itself on some bark.’
    • ‘He is currently trying to discover if rumours that the Eli Lilly factory was camouflaged during World War Two are true.’
    • ‘This also defeats the purpose of camouflaging your technology.’
    disguise, hide, conceal, keep hidden, mask, screen, veil, cloak, cover, cover up, obscure, shroud
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    1. 1.1Conceal the existence of (something undesirable)
      ‘grievances should be discussed, not camouflaged’
      • ‘Of course, the administration deserves to be criticized for its crude attempts to camouflage the painful reality of the occupation.’
      • ‘Her gift for profanity does not a thing to camouflage her upper-class upbringing.’
      • ‘Lumping all transition economies into the same academic pot has camouflaged important differences.’
      • ‘My personal skill was camouflaging my abilities with a deficiency.’
      • ‘The difficulty of replacing him, camouflaged by the successful run at home, has undermined his side's European travels.’
      • ‘He has also claimed that children with severe dental problems are also being removed from waiting lists to camouflage the extent of the problem.’
      • ‘He attempts to camouflage these holes with unproven conjecture.’
      • ‘These profit pressures were camouflaged during the 1990s stock market boom, which largely collapsed at the end of the decade.’
      • ‘He managed to stay out of the gutter, his contempt of the frailties of his colleagues barely camouflaged.’
      • ‘However, the official statistics only serve to camouflage the real death toll, which some unofficial estimates put at almost twice the reported level.’
      • ‘This willingness to see formally accomplished prose as a means to camouflage empty thought is disconcerting.’
      • ‘That's just another way of saying they'll camouflage their failure to generate sales behind an intellectual smoke screen.’
      • ‘And however much he tried to camouflage his words, time is not on his side to turn things round.’
      • ‘His classy batting can camouflage tardiness in the field.’
      • ‘Last season, Celtic's tendency to leak goals, particularly on their travels, was at least camouflaged by the fact that they were scoring them.’
      • ‘He camouflaged his fundamentally conservative policies in liberalish rhetoric.’
      • ‘Drinking is commonplace in our culture, so you shouldn't find it hard to camouflage the limits of your infatuation.’
      • ‘Tapes, no matter how well-produced, are a fake, and in many cases are used to camouflage the inadequacies of those performing to them.’
      • ‘The red card debate, or rather lack of one, couldn't camouflage the austere dinginess that had preceded it.’
      • ‘Because the poverty was somewhat camouflaged by the tropical climate, metropolitan visitors tended to disregard it.’

Origin

Late 19th century (in sense ‘disguise, concealment’): French, from camoufler ‘to disguise’ (originally thieves' slang), from Italian camuffare ‘disguise, deceive’, perhaps by association with French camouflet ‘whiff of smoke in the face’. The military sense originated during the First World War.

Pronunciation

camouflage

/ˈkaməflɑːʒ/