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tattoo

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

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 skinThe skin, and skin colour

tattoo noun [C] (MILITARY SHOW)

an outside show, with several military performances especially of marching and musicMilitary training and ceremoniesSpectacles and performances

tattoo

verb [T] uk   /təˈtuː/ /tætˈuː/ (tattooed) us  
to put a tattoo or tattoos on someone or something: He had her name tattooed on his arm.The skin, and skin colour
tattooed
adjective uk   /təˈtuːd/ /tætˈuːd/ us  
The skin, and skin colour
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