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.

Definitions of tattoo
  1. noun
    a design on the skin made by tattooing
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    type of:
    design, figure, pattern
    a decorative or artistic work
  2. noun
    the practice of making a design on the skin by pricking and staining
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    type of:
    decoration
    the act of decorating something (in the hope of making it more attractive)
  3. verb
    stain (skin) with indelible color
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    type of:
    stain
    color with a liquid dye or tint
  4. noun
    a drumbeat or bugle call that signals the military to return to their quarters
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    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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