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camouflage

noun

  1. (semblance)  an outward semblance that misrepresents the true nature of something
    Synonyms: disguise. Type of: semblance
  2. (fabric)  fabric dyed with splotches of green, brown, black, and tan; intended to make the wearer of a garment made of this fabric hard to distinguish from the background
    Synonyms: camo. Type of: fabric
  3. (screen)  device or stratagem for concealment or deceit
    Type of: screen
  4. (concealing)  the act of concealing the identity of something by modifying its appearance
    Synonyms: disguise. Type of: concealment

verb

Etymology summary

Borrowing from French camouflage, from camoufler ("to veil, disguise"),...
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Definition references  (+images)

Wikipedia:

Camouflage

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 ... (39 of 10225 words, 35 images)

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Camouflage (disambiguation)

a method of avoiding detection by mimicking the surrounding environment, and it may refer to: Military camouflage of uniforms, vehicles or other equipment | Aircraft camouflage | Ship camouflage | Camouflage may also refer to: In music: Camoflauge, ... (35 of 220 words, 22 definitions)

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Britannica Encyclopedia:

camouflage [military tactic]

in military science, the art and practice of concealment and visual deception in war. It's the means of defeating enemy observation by concealing or ... (24 of 1125 words, 1 image)

www​.britannica​.com​/E​Bchecked​/topic​/91045​/camouflage

New World Dictionary:

camouflage | camouflaged [past tense] | camouflaging [present participle] | camouflager [noun, related]

the disguising of troops, ships, guns, etc. to conceal them from the enemy, ... | a disguise or concealment of this kind | any device or action used ... (26 of 85 words, 4 definitions, pronunciation, 1 image)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/camouflage

Collins Dictionary:

camouflage

the exploitation of natural surroundings or artificial aids to conceal or disguise the presence of military units, equipment, etc | [modifier] (of ... (21 of 591 words, 5 definitions, 9 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/camouflage

Oxford Dictionary:

camouflage

the disguising of military personnel, equipment, and installations by painting or covering them to make them blend in with their surroundings | ... (21 of 188 words, 6 definitions, 6 usage examples, pronunciation)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/camouflage

Random House Dictionary:

camouflage | camouflaged [past tense] | camouflaging [present participle]

the act, means, or result of obscuring things to deceive an enemy, as by ... | concealment by some means that alters or obscures the appearance. | a ... (26 of 160 words, 7 definitions, 4 usage examples, pronunciation)

dictionary​.infoplease​.com​/camouflage

Columbia Encyclopedia:

camouflage

in warfare, the disguising of objects with artificial aids, especially for the purpose of making them blend into their surroundings or of deceiving ... (23 of 157 words, pronunciation)

www​.infoplease​.com​/ce​6​/history​/A​0810046​.html

Merriam-Webster:

camouflage [entry 1, noun] | disguise [synonym, sense-specific] | costume [synonym, sense-specific] | guise [synonym, sense-specific] | domino [similar, sense-specific] | mask [similar, sense-specific] | veil [similar, sense-specific] | visor [similar, sense-specific] | vizard [similar, sense-specific] | ...

the disguising especially of military equipment or installations with paint, nets, or foliage ; also, the disguise so applied | concealment by means ... (22 of 142 words, 2 definitions, pronunciations)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/camouflage

camouflage [entry 2, verb] | camouflaged [past tense] | camouflaging [present participle] | disguise [synonym, sense-specific] | cloak [synonym, sense-specific] | dress up [synonym, sense-specific] | mask [synonym, sense-specific] | unmask [antonym, sense-specific] | blanket [similar, sense-specific] | ...

to conceal or disguise by camouflage | to practice camouflage (9 of 114 words, 2 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

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camouflage [entry 3, adjective]

made in colors or patterns typical of camouflage (8 of 22 words, 1 usage example)

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American Heritage Dictionary:

camouflage | camouflaged [past tense] | camouflaging [present participle] | camouflages [3rd-person singular present] | camouflager [noun, related]

The method or result of concealing personnel or equipment from an enemy by making them appear to be part of the natural surroundings. | Concealment by ... (25 of 134 words, 6 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/camouflage

Cambridge Dictionary:

camouflage

the use of leaves, branches, paints and clothes for hiding soldiers or military equipment so that they look part of what surrounds them | [singular or ... (25 of 133 words, 3 definitions, 5 usage examples, pronunciation)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/camouflage

Wiktionary:

camouflage | camouflages [plural] | camouflaged [past tense] | camouflaging [present participle]

A disguise or covering up. | The act of disguising. | [military] The use of natural or artificial material on personnel, objects, or tactical positions with the aim of confusing, misleading, or evading the enemy. | [textiles] A pattern on clothing ... (38 of 101 words, 7 definitions, pronunciation)

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/camouflage

Macmillan British Dictionary:

camouflage [singular, uncountable]

a way of hiding people or objects by making them look like the natural ... | the colour or shape of an animal that makes it difficult to see because ... (29 of 89 words, 3 definitions, 3 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/camouflage

camouflage [transitive, verb] | camouflaged [past tense] | camouflaging [present participle] | camouflages [3rd-person singular present]

to hide a person or object by making them look like the natural background ; to hide a sound with louder or similar sounds | to make an animal ... (28 of 69 words, 3 definitions, pronunciation)

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/camouflage 10

Encarta Dictionary:

camouflage | camouflaged [past tense] | camouflaging [present participle] | camouflages [3rd-person singular present]

concealment of things, especially troops and military equipment, by ... | devices designed to conceal by imitating the colors of the surrounding ... (21 of 160 words, 6 definitions, pronunciation)

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861594322​/definition​.html  [offline]

Etymology references

Wiktionary:

camouflage | camouflages [plural] | camouflaged [past tense] | camouflaging [present participle]

Origin: 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") + ... (32 of 127 etymology words)

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/camouflage

Online Etymology:

camouflage

First use: 1917

Origin: French camoufler, Parisian slang, "to disguise", from Italian camuffare "to disguise", perhaps a contraction of capo muffare "to ... (19 of 49 etymology words)

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Oxford Dictionary:

camouflage

Origin: First World War: from French, from camoufler "to disguise" (originally thieves' slang), from Italian camuffare "disguise, deceive", ... (17 of 29 etymology words)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/camouflage

American Heritage Dictionary:

camouflage | camouflaged [past tense] | camouflaging [present participle] | camouflages [3rd-person singular present]

Origin: French, from camoufler, to disguise, alteration (influenced by camouflet, snub, smoke blown in one's face) of Italian camuffare.

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/camouflage

New World Dictionary:

camouflage | camouflaged [past tense] | camouflaging [present participle]

Origin: French from camoufler, to disguise; probably altered (influenced by camouflet, puff of smoke) from Italian camuffare, to disguise

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/camouflage

Collins Dictionary:

camouflage

First use: 20th century

Origin: from French, from camoufler, from Italian camuffare to disguise, deceive, of uncertain origin

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/camouflage

Merriam-Webster:

camouflage [entry 1, noun]

First use: 1917

Origin: French, from camoufler to disguise

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/camouflage

Encarta Dictionary:

camouflage | camouflaged [past tense] | camouflaging [present participle] | camouflages [3rd-person singular present]

First use: Early 20th century

Origin: French from camoufler "to disguise" from Italian camuffare

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861594322​/definition​.html  [offline]

Audio references

Collins Dictionary:

camouflage

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "camouflage"

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Cambridge Dictionary:

camouflage

Audio 1: British English pronunuciation of "camouflage"

Audio 2: North American English pronunuciation of "camouflage"

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/camouflage

Macmillan British Dictionary:

camouflage [singular, uncountable]

Audio: British English pronunciation of "camouflage"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/camouflage

camouflage [transitive, verb] | camouflaged [past tense] | camouflaging [present participle] | camouflages [3rd-person singular present]

Audio: British English pronunciation of "camouflage"

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Macmillan American Dictionary:

camouflage [singular, uncountable]

Audio: North American pronunciation of "camouflage"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/american​/camouflage

camouflage [transitive, verb] | camouflaged [past tense] | camouflaging [present participle] | camouflages [3rd-person singular present]

Audio: North American pronunciation of "camouflage"

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the Free Dictionary:

camouflage

Audio 1: North American English pronunciation of "camouflage"

Audio 2: British English pronunciation of "camouflage"

Audio 3: North American English pronunciation of "camouflage" by speech synthesizer

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Google Dictionary:

camouflage | camouflaged [past tense] | camouflaging [present participle] | camouflages [3rd-person singular present]

Audio: English pronunciation of "camouflage"

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Merriam-Webster Pronunciation:

camouflage

Audio: North American pronunciation of "camouflage"

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YourDictionary Audio:

camouflage

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "camouflage" by speech synthesizer

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