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tæˈtutat·too

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. tattoonoun

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

  2. tattoonoun

    a design on the skin made by tattooing

  3. tattooverb

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

  4. tattooverb

    stain (skin) with indelible color

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Tattoonoun

    The beat of drum by which soldiers are warned to their quarters.

    Etymology: perhaps from tapotez tous, Fr. to strike.

    All those whose hearts are loose and low,
    Start if they hear but the tatto. Matthew Prior.

Wikipedia

  1. Tattoo

    A tattoo is a form of body modification made by inserting tattoo ink, dyes, and/or pigments, either indelible or temporary, into the dermis layer of the skin to form a design. Tattoo artists create these designs using several tattooing processes and techniques, including hand-tapped traditional tattoos and modern tattoo machines. The history of tattooing goes back to Neolithic times, practiced across the globe by many cultures, and the symbolism and impact of tattoos varies in different places and cultures. Tattoos may be decorative (with no specific meaning), symbolic (with a specific meaning to the wearer), or pictorial (a depiction of a specific person or item). Many tattoos serve as rites of passage, marks of status and rank, symbols of religious and spiritual devotion, decorations for bravery, marks of fertility, pledges of love, amulets and talismans, protection, and as punishment, like the marks of outcasts, slaves and convicts. Extensive decorative tattooing has also been part of the work of performance artists such as tattooed ladies. Today, people choose to be tattooed for artistic, cosmetic, sentimental/memorial, religious, and spiritual reasons, or to symbolize their belonging to or identification with particular groups, including criminal gangs (see criminal tattoos) or a particular ethnic group or law-abiding subculture. Tattoos may show how a person feels about a relative (commonly a parent or child) or about an unrelated person.Tattoos can also be used for functional purposes, such as identification, permanent makeup, and medical purposes.

ChatGPT

  1. tattoo

    A tattoo is a form of body modification where a design is made by inserting ink, dyes, and/or pigments, either indelible or temporary, into the dermis layer of the skin to change the pigment. The art of making tattoos is known as tattooing.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Tattoonoun

    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. Tattooverb

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

  3. Tattoonoun

    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

Wikidata

  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. Paolo Banchero:

    I was happy with the way I played, but there was a lot I could improve on, the second game I had a lot of turnovers. Just getting in even better shape. I felt like, those were my first two games, so just build my wind back up. But overall, I think I did pretty good. Paolo Banchero of the Orlando Magic looks on against the Sacramento Kings during Summer League on July 9, 2022, at the Thomas and Mack Center in Las Vegas, Nevada. ( Photo by Bart Young/NBAE via Getty Images) HORNETS ’ TERRY ROZIER GETS ‘ THREE WISE MONKEYS ’ TATTOO ACROSS BACK.

  2. Tony Gibert:

    I think its amazing to be able to comfort your son like that, its more than just your kid seeing your name, or something, you get to actually, like, really change the way he feels about himself. TEXAS MOM WRITES SANTA LETTERS FOR FRONT-LINE PARENTS However, the process wasnt a walk in the park. In total, it took about 30 hours over the course of six to eight weeks to complete the tattoo.

  3. Ryun King:

    They'll kind of go through that motion of dealing with the pain and then kind of healing from it because they're kind of like letting it out as that tattoo is covering it up.

  4. Michael Joseph:

    He had an interesting anchor tattoo on his face and he had a very distinct look about him for a hitchhiker, he gave me 20 to 30 minutes but I never got his story.

  5. Ron DeSantis:

    If you're a 15-year-old, you can't go get a tattoo in the state of Florida, yet we're saying you could get a double mastectomy? Of course not. It is inappropriate to do this for minors, and in Florida, we're not going to allow that to happen here.

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