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Meaning of “tattoo” in the English Dictionary

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tattoonoun [C]

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

(informal tat) a ​permanentimage, ​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 ​militaryperformancesespecially of ​marching and ​music

tattooverb [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/
(Definition of tattoo from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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tattoonoun [C]

 us   /tæˈtu/ (plural tattoos)
a ​permanentpicture, ​pattern, or word on the ​surface of ​skin, ​created by using ​needles to put ​colors under the ​skin
tattoo
verb [T]  us   /tæˈtu/ (present participle tattooing, past tense and past participle tattooed)
An ​eagle was tattooed on his ​chest.
(Definition of tattoo from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “tattoo”
in Korean 타투, 문신…
in Arabic وَشْم…
in Malaysian tatu…
in French tatouer…
in Russian татуировка…
in Chinese (Traditional) 裝飾, 紋身花紋…
in Italian tatuaggio…
in Turkish dövme…
in Polish tatuaż…
in Spanish tatuar…
in Vietnamese xăm mình…
in Portuguese tatuagem…
in Thai สักลายบนผิวหนัง…
in German tätowieren…
in Catalan tatuatge…
in Japanese 入れ墨, タトゥー…
in Chinese (Simplified) 装饰, 纹身花纹…
in Indonesian merajah…
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