the act, means, or result of obscuring things to deceive an enemy, as by painting or screening objects so that they are lost to view in the background, or by making up objects that from a distance have the appearance of fortifications, guns, roads, etc.:
Was camouflage used extensively on fighter aircraft during World War I?
concealment by some means that alters or obscures the appearance:
Drab plumage provides the bird with camouflage against predators.
a device or stratagem used for concealment:
His loud laughter is really camouflage for his basic shyness.
1917, from Fr. camoufler, Parisian slang, "to disguise," from It. camuffare "to disguise," perhaps a contraction of capo muffare "to muffle the head." Probably altered by Fr. camouflet "puff of smoke," on the notion of "blow smoke in someone's face." The British navy in World War I called it dazzle-painting.