What does camouflage mean?

Definitions for camouflage
ˈkæm əˌflɑʒcam·ou·flage

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word camouflage.

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"


  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.

Suggested Resources

  1. camouflage

    Song lyrics by camouflage -- Explore a large variety of song lyrics performed by camouflage on the Lyrics.com website.

How to pronounce camouflage?

  1. Alex
    US English

How to say camouflage in sign language?

  1. camouflage


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of camouflage in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of camouflage in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Examples of camouflage in a Sentence

  1. Abu Ahmed:

    We camouflage headquarters, and cars, and dig trenches.

  2. David Pratt:

    Jargon allows us to camouflage intellectual poverty with verbal extravagance.

  3. Eamonn Flanagan:

    We remain puzzled why Aviva felt the need to do it now. Is it a camouflage for issues within its own internal restructuring and turnaround story?

  4. Abu Ahmed:

    Yesterday there was a big Russian air strike, but we organized ourselves, with the rest of the factions. We are used to the new situation, we camouflage headquarters, and cars, and dig trenches.

  5. Vadym Perepichka:

    We learned many interesting things, but in particular what we liked was our camouflage class. We were able to learn (how to) mask ourselves where we could walk by five meters from a person and not be able to see him.

Images & Illustrations of camouflage

  1. camouflagecamouflagecamouflagecamouflagecamouflage

Popularity rank by frequency of use


Translations for camouflage

From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary

Get even more translations for camouflage »


Find a translation for the camouflage definition in other languages:

Select another language:

  • - Select -
  • Chinese - Simplified 简体中文 (Chinese - Simplified)
  • Chinese - Traditional 繁體中文 (Chinese - Traditional)
  • Spanish Español (Spanish)
  • Japanese 日本語 (Japanese)
  • Portuguese Português (Portuguese)
  • German Deutsch (German)
  • Arabic العربية (Arabic)
  • French Français (French)
  • Russian Русский (Russian)
  • Kannada ಕನ್ನಡ (Kannada)
  • Korean 한국어 (Korean)
  • Hebrew עברית (Hebrew)
  • Ukrainian Український (Ukrainian)
  • Urdu اردو (Urdu)
  • Hungarian Magyar (Hungarian)
  • Hindi मानक हिन्दी (Hindi)
  • Indonesian Indonesia (Indonesian)
  • Italian Italiano (Italian)
  • Tamil தமிழ் (Tamil)
  • Turkish Türkçe (Turkish)
  • Telugu తెలుగు (Telugu)
  • Thai ภาษาไทย (Thai)
  • Vietnamese Tiếng Việt (Vietnamese)
  • Czech Čeština (Czech)
  • Polish Polski (Polish)
  • Indonesian Bahasa Indonesia (Indonesian)
  • Romanian Românește (Romanian)
  • Dutch Nederlands (Dutch)
  • Greek Ελληνικά (Greek)
  • Latin Latinum (Latin)
  • Swedish Svenska (Swedish)
  • Danish Dansk (Danish)
  • Finnish Suomi (Finnish)
  • Persian فارسی (Persian)
  • Yiddish ייִדיש (Yiddish)
  • Armenian հայերեն (Armenian)
  • Norwegian Norsk (Norwegian)
  • English English (English)

Discuss these camouflage definitions with the community:

Word of the Day

Would you like us to send you a FREE new word definition delivered to your inbox daily?

Please enter your email address:


Use the citation below to add this definition to your bibliography:


"camouflage." Definitions.net. STANDS4 LLC, 2019. Web. 22 Jul 2019. <https://www.definitions.net/definition/camouflage>.

Are we missing a good definition for camouflage? Don't keep it to yourself...

Free, no signup required:

Add to Chrome

Get instant definitions for any word that hits you anywhere on the web!

Free, no signup required:

Add to Firefox

Get instant definitions for any word that hits you anywhere on the web!

Nearby & related entries:

Alternative searches for camouflage:

Thanks for your vote! We truly appreciate your support.