tattoo

A tattoo is a permanent design made on skin with a needle and ink. If you want a butterfly tattoo but you're scared of needles, you might settle for a temporary version.

The word tattoo is also a verb meaning stain the skin using needles and ink. It's probably a good idea to wait until you've been dating someone for more than a week before you tattoo their name on your arm. In music, a tattoo is continuous drumming, and a military tattoo is a drum or bugle that signals soldiers to return to their quarters at the end of the day.

Primary Meanings of tattoo

1.
nv
a design on the skin made by tattooing
stain (skin) with indelible color
2.
n
a drumbeat or bugle call that signals the military to return to their quarters
Full Definitions of tattoo
1

n a design on the skin made by tattooing

Type of:
design, figure, pattern
a decorative or artistic work

n the practice of making a design on the skin by pricking and staining

Type of:
decoration
the act of decorating something (in the hope of making it more attractive)

v stain (skin) with indelible color

Type of:
stain
color with a liquid dye or tint
2

n a drumbeat or bugle call that signals the military to return to their quarters

Type of:
bugle call
a signal broadcast by the sound of a bugle
drumbeat
(military) the beating of a drum as a signal for lowering the flag at sundown

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