Definition of camouflage noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈkæməflɑːʒ//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈkæməflɑːʒ//
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  1. 1[uncountable] a way of hiding soldiers and military equipment, using paint, leaves or nets, so that they look like part of their surroundings a camouflage jacket (= covered with green and brown marks and worn by soldiers) troops dressed in camouflage
  2. 2[uncountable, singular] the way in which an animal’s colour or shape matches its surroundings and makes it difficult to see The whiteness of polar bears and arctic foxes provides camouflage. The leopard’s spots act as (a) camouflage. Predators make as much use of camouflage as their prey do.
  3. 3[uncountable, singular] behaviour that is deliberately meant to hide the truth Her angry words were camouflage for the way she felt.
  4. Word OriginFirst World War: from 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’.Extra examples The animal’s markings provide effective camouflage. an army tank in desert camouflage A dozen men walked by, dressed in army camouflage and holding automatic weapons. He pulled the camouflage net over the entrance to the tent. a camouflage jacket
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