camouflage Definition

  • 1the use of any combination of materials, coloration, or illumination for concealment by making animals or objects hard to see
  • 2a way of hiding something by making it look like the things around it

Using camouflage: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "camouflage" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    The soldiers were wearing camouflage uniforms.

  • Example

    The chameleon's skin provides excellent camouflage in its natural habitat.

  • Example

    The car was painted in camouflage colors to blend in with the surroundings.

  • Example

    The bird's feathers provide effective camouflage against predators.

camouflage Synonyms and Antonyms

Antonyms for camouflage

Idioms Using camouflage

  • visible and obvious, not hidden or disguised


    The spy was hiding in plain sight, pretending to be a tourist.

  • to avoid detection or attention, to go unnoticed


    He tried to fly under the radar at work, hoping that his boss wouldn't notice his mistakes.

  • to avoid attracting attention, to stay out of the public eye


    After the scandal, she decided to keep a low profile and stay away from the media.

Phrases with camouflage

  • a netting made of fabric or string that is used to conceal military equipment or positions


    The soldiers set up camouflage netting to hide their tanks from enemy view.

  • makeup that is used to conceal blemishes or scars on the skin


    She used camouflage makeup to cover up the birthmark on her face.

  • clothing that is designed to blend in with the natural environment, often used for hunting or military purposes


    He wore camouflage clothing while hunting in the forest.

Origins of camouflage

from French 'camoufler', meaning 'to disguise'


Summary: camouflage in Brief

The term 'camouflage' [ˈkæməflɑːʒ] refers to the use of materials, coloration, or illumination to conceal animals or objects. It can also mean a way of hiding something by making it look like the things around it. Examples include soldiers wearing camouflage uniforms and chameleons blending into their natural habitat. Phrases include 'camouflage netting,' 'camouflage makeup,' and 'camouflage clothing.' Idioms include 'in plain sight,' 'fly under the radar,' and 'keep a low profile.'

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