Definitions for CAMOUFLAGEˈkæm əˌflɑʒ

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

cam•ou•flageˈkæm əˌflɑʒ(n.; v.)-flaged, -flag•ing.

  1. (n.)the act or technique of disguising elements of a military installation so as not to be detectable, esp. by enemy aircraft. the constructing of decoy objects that from a distance give the appearance of a military installation.

    Category: Military

  2. concealment by some means that alters or obscures the appearance.

  3. a device or stratagem used for concealment.

    Category: Common Vocabulary

  4. clothing made of fabric with a mottled design, usu. green and brown, like that of military camouflage materials.

    Category: Clothing

  5. (v.t.)to disguise, hide, or deceive by means of camouflage.

  6. (v.i.)to use camouflage.

Origin of camouflage:

1915–20; < F, der. of camoufler to disguise


Princeton's WordNet

  1. disguise, camouflage(noun)

    an outward semblance that misrepresents the true nature of something

    "the theatrical notion of disguise is always associated with catastrophe in his stories"

  2. camouflage, camo(noun)

    fabric dyed with splotches of green and brown and black and tan; intended to make the wearer of a garment made of this fabric hard to distinguish from the background

  3. camouflage(noun)

    device or stratagem for concealment or deceit

  4. disguise, camouflage(verb)

    the act of concealing the identity of something by modifying its appearance

    "he is a master of disguise"

  5. camouflage(verb)

    disguise by camouflaging; exploit the natural surroundings to disguise something

    "The troops camouflaged themselves before they went into enemy territory"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. camouflage(noun)ˈkæm əˌflɑʒ

    ways of hiding sb or sth making them look similar to land around them

    a camouflage jacket; soldiers in camouflage

  2. camouflageˈkæm əˌflɑʒ

    the way some animals look like their surroundings

    ***The cat's spots are his camouflage.

  3. camouflage(verb)ˈkæm əˌflɑʒ

    to hide sth using camouflage

    trucks camouflaged with nets and leaves


  1. camouflage(Noun)

    A disguise or covering up.

  2. camouflage(Noun)

    The act of disguising.

  3. camouflage(Noun)

    The use of natural or artificial material on personnel, objects, or tactical positions with the aim of confusing, misleading, or evading the enemy.

  4. camouflage(Noun)

    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.

  5. camouflage(Noun)

    Resemblance of an organism to its surroundings for avoiding detection

  6. camouflage(Noun)

    Clothes made from camouflage fabric, for concealment in combat or hunting.

  7. camouflage(Verb)

    To hide or disguise something by covering it up or changing the way it looks.

  8. Origin: camoufler, alteration (due to camouflet "to blow smoke in one's face") of camuffare, from (from capo "head") + muffare, from muffula, of origin, from * from * (akin to molawen "to soften", molwic "soft") + *, from fellan, from pel(e)(w)-. Akin to fel, fell.


  1. Camouflage

    Camouflage is the use of any combination of materials, coloration or illumination for concealment, either by making animals or objects hard to see, or by disguising them as something else. Examples include the leopard's spotted coat, the battledress of a modern soldier, and the leaf-mimic katydid's wings. A third approach, motion dazzle, confuses the observer with a conspicuous pattern, making the object visible but momentarily harder to locate. The majority of camouflage methods aim for crypsis, often through a general resemblance to the background, high contrast disruptive coloration, eliminating shadow, and countershading. In the open ocean, where there is no background, the principal methods of camouflage are transparency, silvering, and countershading, while the ability to produce light is among other things used for counter-illumination on the undersides of cephalopods such as squid. Some animals, such as chameleons and octopuses, are capable of actively changing their skin pattern and colours, whether for camouflage or for signalling. Military camouflage was spurred by the increasing range and accuracy of firearms in the 19th century. In particular the replacement of the inaccurate musket with the rifle made personal concealment in battle a survival skill. In the 20th century, military camouflage developed rapidly, especially during the First World War. On land, artists such as André Mare designed camouflage schemes and observation posts disguised as trees. At sea, warships and troop carriers were painted in dazzle patterns that were highly visible, but designed to confuse enemy gunners as to the target's speed, range, and heading. During and after the Second World War, a variety of camouflage schemes were used for aircraft and for ground vehicles in different theatres of war. The use of radar in the Cold War period has largely made camouflage for fixed-wing military aircraft obsolete.

Dictionary of Military and Associated Terms

  1. camouflage

    The use of natural or artificial material on personnel, objects, or tactical positions with the aim of confusing, misleading, or evading the enemy.

Translations for CAMOUFLAGE

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


something, eg protective colouring, that makes an animal, person, building etc difficult for enemies to see against the background

The tiger's stripes are an effective camouflage in the jungle; The soldiers wound leaves and twigs round their helmets as camouflage.

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