The Military Origin of Expressions & Terms: Camouflage

Posted: November 10, 2008 in Military, Uniforms

camouflageCamouflage, meaning to disguise the appearance of something or someone, goes far back, and not only in military history.

It was only in the 20th century, though, that it became a rather sophisticated component of military strategy. The word comes from the French (camoufler) and means ‘to disguise’. The noun ‘camouflage’ was used to describe the – often elaborate – measures taken to hide military installations from WWI onwards.

Since then, ‘camouflage’ has clearly taken on a broader meaning, regarding the action, any action, to conceal or obscure anything.

Also, camouflage items of clothing or kit in fashion have been very popular in the second half of the 20th century up to now.

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