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tattoo

noun [C] uk   us   /təˈtuː/ /tætˈuː/ (plural tattoos)

tattoo noun [C] (DECORATION)

(informal tat) a permanent image, pattern, or word on the skin that is created by using needles to put colours under the skin

tattoo noun [C] (MILITARY SHOW)

an outside show, with several military performances especially of marching and music

tattoo

verb [T] uk   us   /təˈtuː/ /tætˈuː/ (tattooed)
to put a tattoo or tattoos on someone or something: He had her name tattooed on his arm.
tattooed
adjective uk   us   /təˈtuːd/ /tætˈuːd/
Translations of “tattoo”
in Arabic وَشْم…
in Korean 타투, 문신…
in Malaysian tatu…
in French tatouer…
in Turkish dövme…
in Italian tatuaggio…
in Chinese (Traditional) 裝飾, 紋身花紋…
in Russian татуировка…
in Polish tatuaż…
in Vietnamese xăm mình…
in Spanish tatuar…
in Portuguese tatuagem…
in Thai สักลายบนผิวหนัง…
in German tätowieren…
in Catalan tatuatge…
in Japanese 入れ墨, タトゥー…
in Indonesian merajah…
in Chinese (Simplified) 装饰, 纹身花纹…
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