a signal on a drum, bugle, or trumpet at night, for soldiers or sailors to go to their quarters.
a knocking or strong pulsation: My heart beat a tattoo on my ribs.
British. an outdoor military pageant or display.
Other definitions for tattoo (2 of 2)
the act or practice of marking the skin with indelible patterns, pictures, legends, etc., by making punctures in it and inserting pigments.
a pattern, picture, legend, etc., so made.
to mark (the skin) with tattoos.
to put (tattoos) on the skin.
- tat·too·er, tat·too·ist, noun
- un·tat·tooed, adjective
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How to use tattoo in a sentence
The text amply surveys the various cultural exponents of tattooing accompanied by excellent images.
Still, perpetuating the Auschwitz tattooing offends me as a humanist, a Jew and a Zionist.
Among themselves, the oldest people had the greatest quantity of tattooing, and the younger class less.
They had the curious tattooing on their cheeks, noses and foreheads, so that their appearance was repellent.Adrift on the Pacific | Edward S. Ellis
Under this the question of tattooing and its removal comes in.Old-Time Makers of Medicine | James J. Walsh
British Dictionary definitions for tattoo (1 of 2)
(formerly) a signal by drum or bugle ordering the military to return to their quarters
a military display or pageant, usually at night
any similar beating on a drum, etc
British Dictionary definitions for tattoo (2 of 2)
to make (pictures or designs) on (the skin) by pricking and staining with indelible colours
a design made by this process
the practice of tattooing
- tattooer or tattooist, noun
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