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tæˈtutat·too

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. tattoo(noun)

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

  2. tattoo(noun)

    a design on the skin made by tattooing

  3. tattoo(verb)

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

  4. tattoo(verb)

    stain (skin) with indelible color

Webster Dictionary

  1. Tattoo(noun)

    a beat of drum, or sound of a trumpet or bugle, at night, giving notice to soldiers to retreat, or to repair to their quarters in garrison, or to their tents in camp

  2. Tattoo(verb)

    to color, as the flesh, by pricking in coloring matter, so as to form marks or figures which can not be washed out

  3. Tattoo(noun)

    an indelible mark or figure made by puncturing the skin and introducing some pigment into the punctures; -- a mode of ornamentation practiced by various barbarous races, both in ancient and modern times, and also by some among civilized nations, especially by sailors

Freebase

  1. Tattoo

    A tattoo is a form of body modification, made by inserting indelible ink into the dermis layer of the skin to change the pigment. The first written reference to the word, "tattoo" appears in the journal of Joseph Banks, the naturalist aboard Captain Cook's ship the HMS Endeavour: "I shall now mention the way they mark themselves indelibly, each of them is so marked by their humor or disposition". The word "tattoo" was brought to Europe by the explorer James Cook, when he returned in 1771 from his first voyage to Tahiti and New Zealand. In his narrative of the voyage, he refers to an operation called "tattaw". Before this it had been described as scarring, painting, or staining. Tattooing has been practiced for centuries in many cultures, particularly in Asia, and spread throughout the world. The Ainu, an indigenous people of Japan, traditionally had facial tattoos. Today, one can find Atayal, Seediq, Truku, and Saisiyat of Taiwan, Berbers of Tamazgha, Yoruba, Fulani and Hausa people of Nigeria, and Māori of New Zealand with facial tattoos. Tattooing spread among Polynesians and among certain tribal groups in Africa, Borneo, Cambodia, Europe, Japan, the Mentawai Islands, MesoAmerica, New Zealand, North America and South America, the Philippines, and Taiwan. Indeed, the island of Great Britain takes its name from tattooing; Britons translates as "people of the designs", and Picts, the peoples who originally inhabited the northern part of Britain, literally means "the painted people". Despite some taboos surrounding tattooing, the practice continues to be popular in many parts of the world.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Tattoo

    tat-tōō′, n. a beat of drum and a bugle-call to call soldiers to quarters, originally to shut the taps or drinking-houses against them.—The devil's tattoo, the act of drumming with the fingers on a table, &c.; in absence of mind or impatience. [Dut. taptoetap, a tap, and toe, which is the prep., Eng. to. Ger. zu, in the sense of 'shut.']

  2. Tattoo

    tat-tōō′, v.t. to mark permanently (as the skin) with figures, by pricking in colouring-matter.—n. marks or figures made by pricking colouring-matter into the skin.—ns. Tattoo′āge; Tattoo′er; Tattoo′ing. [Tahitian tatu.]

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. tattoo

    The evening sound of drum or trumpet, after which the roll is called, and all soldiers not on leave of absence should be in their quarters.

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. tattoo

    The evening sound of drum or trumpet, after which the roll is called, and all soldiers not on leave of absence should be in their quarters.

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of tattoo in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of tattoo in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Examples of tattoo in a Sentence

  1. Abed Al Razzak:

    This tattoo represents for me that you have to look at people as individuals, however, unfortunately there are still a lot of people out there who are judging people.

  2. Meghan McCain:

    I am concerned about the environment. I love to wear black. I think government is best when it stays out of people's lives and business as much as possible. I love punk rock. I believe in a strong national defense. I have a tattoo. I believe government should always be efficient and accountable. I have lots of gay friends. And yes, I am a Republican.

  3. Dustin Brown:

    It's a portrait of my dad. I got it last year in April, I think. I've always wanted to have a tattoo. I have the portrait of my dad at home in my bedroom, also. I don't get to see him that often. Normally in the off-season, it's been a very long road for me and my whole family. That's one of the things I've been wanting to do for a very long time and I had the opportunity to do that with a great tattoo artist in Cologne in Germany last year.

  4. Chuon Narin:

    According to the people who are transporting her body, it's almost 100 percent her, looking at her body's markings, including tattoo.

  5. Elvis Lewis:

    I did a neck tattoo, i tattooed the man. I received money for my services.

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