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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
tattoo parlour
▪ As with getting a tattoo, the major risk associated with body piercing is one of infection.
ice-cream/funeral/tattoo parlour
▪ a tattoo of a lion
▪ As well as treatment of port wine stains, other lasers can be used to remove tattoos or in surgery.
▪ But tattoos are only skin deep.
▪ He also taught them the arts of circumcision and sub-incision, used to produce the traditional tattoos sported by Aranda menfolk.
▪ He emphatically is not advocating parents to go along with kids' desires for tattoos.
▪ He was probably smothered in tattoos, for heaven's sake!
▪ I had the feeling Ted might have gotten a tattoo or something, made some drastic alteration in himself.
▪ The couple had their his'n' hers tattoos done during their stormy three-year marriage.
▪ And bullets would start flying, tattooing walls and bodies.
▪ Clooney is the darkly handsome one with the motorcycle boots and the black flames tattooed on his neck.
▪ He was a skinhead, and had a line of swastikas tattooed around his neck.
▪ The man's cheeks were tattooed with little vermilion chalices brimming with gore.
▪ There is a wild-eyed man whose face is completely tattooed.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Tattoo \Tat*too"\, n. [Earlier taptoo, D. taptoe; tap a tap, faucet + toe to, shut (i. e., the taps, or drinking houses, shut from the soldiers).] (Mil.) 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.

The Devil's tattoo. See under Devil.


Tattoo \Tat*too"\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Tattooed; p. pr. & vb. n. Tattooing.] [Of Polynesian origin; cf. New Zealand ta to tattoo, tatu puncturation (in Otaheite).] To color, as the flesh, by pricking in coloring matter, so as to form marks or figures which can not be washed out.


Tattoo \Tat*too"\, n.; pl. Tattoos. 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.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

"mark the skin with pigment," 1769, tattow, from tattoo (n.2). Related: Tattooed; tattooing. Thackeray has tattooage.


"signal calling soldiers or sailors to quarters at night," 1680s, earlier tap-to (1640s), from Dutch taptoe, from tap "faucet of a cask" (see tap (n.1)) + toe "shut, to," from Proto-Germanic *to (see to (prep.)). "So called because police formerly visited taverns in the evening to shut off the taps of casks" [Barnhart]. In 17c. Dutch the phrase apparently was used with a transferred or figurative sense "say no more." In English, transferred sense of "drumbeat" is recorded from 1755. Hence, Devil's tattoo "action of idly drumming fingers in irritation or impatience" (1803).


"pigment design in skin," 1769 (noun and verb, both first attested in writing of Capt. Cook), from a Polynesian noun (such as Tahitian and Samoan tatau, Marquesan tatu "puncture, mark made on skin"). Century Dictionary (1902) describes them as found on sailors and uncivilized people or as a sentence of punishment.


Etymology 1 n. 1 An image made in the skin with ink and a needle. 2 A method of decorating the skin by inserting colored substances under the surface. The skin is punctured with a sharp instrument, which now is usually a solenoid-driven needle, that carries the inks to lower layers of the skin. vb. 1 To apply a tattoo to (someone or something). 2 (context baseball English) To hit the ball hard, as if to figuratively leave a tattoo on the ball. Etymology 2

n. 1 (context nautical English) A signal played five minutes before taps (lights out). 2 A signal by drum or bugle ordering soldiers to return to their quarters. 3 A military display or pageant. Etymology 3

n. A breed of pony from India; a pony of that breed.

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

  2. a design on the skin made by tattooing

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

  4. v. stain (skin) with indelible color


A tattoo is a form of body modification, made by inserting ink, either indelible or temporary, into the dermis layer of the skin to change the pigment.

Tattoo (disambiguation)

A tattoo is a marking made by the insertion of indelible ink into the skin.

Tattoo may also refer to:

Tattoo (comics)

Tattoo, later Longstrike, is a fictional mutant character in the Marvel Comics Universe. Her first appearance was in New X-Men #126, created by Grant Morrison and Frank Quitely.

Tattoo (1981 film)

Tattoo is a 1981 thriller film directed by Bob Brooks, and stars Bruce Dern and Maud Adams. The film was nominated for a Razzie Awards for Worst Actor for Dern, and was the last film that Joseph E. Levine ever produced.

Tattoo (Rory Gallagher album)

Tattoo was the fourth studio album released by Rory Gallagher. It demonstrated Gallagher's eclectic range of musical influences starting with the blues and adding elements from jazz, folk, and country.

Tattoo (2002 film)

Tattoo is a 2002 German film directed by Robert Schwentke.

Tattoo (newspaper)

The Tattoo Teen Newspaper was an online, teen-written newspaper based in Connecticut. The paper, which published work produced by the nonprofit Youth Journalism International, was founded in 1994 by Jackie and Steve Majerus-Collins, then writers for The Bristol Press. The Center for Parent/Youth Understanding said, "The Tattoo has grown into a widely respected online teen newspaper with writers from around the world. The site is filled with articles on every topic of interest to teenagers. A great window into the adolescent world and worldview." The Hartford Courant declared that "if you want to see into the minds of today's bright and funny young thinkers, spend some time with this Bristol-based publication. You can get a teen's -eye view of world politics, teen pregnancy, teen suicide, local events and sex." Samantha Perez, a writer for The Tattoo, has received awards for her Hurricane Katrina journals in 2005 and 2006. Its writers have also won 7 first-place awards from the Connecticut Society of Professional Journalists since 1998; 34 National Gold Key awards from the National Newspaper Association and the Quill and Scroll Society since 1997; 55 Scholastic Press Forum awards since 1999; and the Suburban Newspapers Association's award for Best Young People's Coverage in both 2002 and 2005, as well as its feature writing award in 2007; along with a Distinguished Service Award from the Connecticut Committee for Youth Suicide Prevention in 1997.

Tattoo (Star Trek: Voyager)

"Tattoo" is the 25th episode of the American science fiction television series Star Trek: Voyager, the ninth episode of the second season.

Set in the 24th century, the series follows the adventures of the Starfleet and Maquis crew of the starship USS Voyager after they were stranded in the Delta Quadrant far from the rest of the Federation. In this episode, Voyager investigates possible sources of a material it needs to continue on its journey home and Chakotay ( Robert Beltran) mysteriously finds a symbol known to his family's Native American tribe back on Earth.

Tattoo (Mike Oldfield instrumental)

"Tattoo" is a single by musician Mike Oldfield, released in 1992. It is from the album Tubular Bells II. There were two singles released for "Tattoo", one being called the Live at Edinburgh Castle EP.

One of the B-sides is Oldfield's instrumental rendition of the Chistmas carol " Silent Night".

Tattoo (Jordin Sparks song)

"Tattoo" is a song by American recording artist Jordin Sparks, taken from her self-titled debut album. Written by Amanda Ghost, Ian Dench and Stargate, with the latter also producing the song, "Tattoo" was released on August 27, 2007 as the lead single from the album.

"Tattoo" received mixed to positive reviews from critics, who noted its similarities to Beyoncé's 2006 hit, " Irreplaceable", which was also co-written and produced by Stargate. The song peaked inside the top ten in the United States, Australia and Canada, and reached the top twenty in New Zealand and Germany. It has since been certified platinum in Australia and the United States. The song's music video premiered on Yahoo! Music on November 2, 2007. It was directed by Matthew Rolston and features a cameo appearance from sixth season American Idol runner-up, Blake Lewis. A second music video for "Tattoo" was directed by Scott Speer and released only in European countries in September 2008, due to the song failing to make an impact on the singles charts there.

Tattoo (poem)

"Tattoo" is a poem from Wallace Stevens's first book of poetry, Harmonium. It was originally published in 1916, so it is in the public domain. Librivox has made the poem available in voice recording in its The Complete Public Domain Poems of Wallace Stevens.

Stevens's use of the familiar 'you' accentuates the somewhat invasive effect of the poem as it describes the negotiation between sunlight and eye that occurs in perception. What happens in the eyes is not simply passive irradiation by light emanating from water and snow, but it also figures in an act in which the seer probes and interprets, as when the poet sees the light as like a crawling spider.

Buttel detects Imagistic technique in the poem's Whitman-like naming of physical details. In response to nature, man's natural architecture of flesh and bones has developed so as to catch nature's beauty. We are tattoo'd by it, but equally we tattoo nature with human sensibility.

Tattoo (David Allan Coe album)

Tattoo is an album released by country musician David Allan Coe, released in 1977 on Columbia Records.

Tattoo (The Who song)

"Tattoo" is a song written by Pete Townshend that was first released by The Who on their 1967 album The Who Sell Out. A " rite of passage" song, "Tattoo" tells the story of two teenaged brothers who decide to get tattoos in their attempts to become men. Themes of the song include peer pressure to conform and young men's insecurity about their manhood. The song has been heavily praised by critics and has appeared on several of The Who's live and compilation albums. It has also been covered by Tommy Keene and Petra Haden.

Tattoo (1967 film)

Tattoo is a 1967 West German film directed by Johannes Schaaf. The film was selected as the German entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 40th Academy Awards, but was not accepted as a nominee. It was also entered into the 17th Berlin International Film Festival. The film won three German Film Awards.

Tattoo (Big Mother Thruster song)

"Tattoo" is a single by modern rock band Big Mother Thruster, released in 2001 and used as the entrance theme for professional wrestler Maven during the entirety of his WWE career (2001-2005).

Tattoo (bugle call)

Tattoo is a bugle call played in the evening in the United States Army and the British Army.

The original concept of this call was played on the snare drum and was known as "tap-too," with the same rule applying. Later on, the name was applied to more elaborate military performances, known as military tattoos.

Tattoo (Siouxsie and the Banshees song)

"Tattoo" is a song written by Siouxsie and the Banshees that was first released as the B-side of the " Dear Prudence" single in 1983. It was included on two compilations : 2004's Downside Up and 2015's Spellbound : The Collection.

"Tattoo" was composed and performed as a three-piece by singer Siouxsie Sioux, bassist Steven Severin and drummer Budgie. During this era, the band experimented other ways of recording and orchestration when they were in the studio to record extra-tracks for their singles. For "Tattoo", producer Mike Hedges made them use the mixing desk as an instrument. With his assistance, they recorded a track with whispered voices, droning basslines and slow drum beats. The result was spooky and atmospheric.

"Tattoo" is considered to be a proto trip hop track which helped Tricky when he shaped his style. It is often cited as inspirational in the development of the trip hop genre. "Tattoo" was covered by Tricky in 1996 as the opening number of his second album, Nearly God.

NME retrospectively reviewed it as "spellbinding" in 2009 while praising the four-cd box set Downside Up.

Tattoo (Van Halen song)

"Tattoo" is the first song and single from the album, A Different Kind of Truth, from American hard rock band Van Halen. The single was released online and to radio stations January 10, 2012.

Tattoo (Hunter Hayes song)

"Tattoo" is a song recorded by American country music artist Hunter Hayes for his second studio album, Storyline (2014). Hayes co-wrote the song in a collaboration with Troy Verges and Barry Dean, while the production was handled by Hayes and Dann Huff. It was released to country radio through Atlantic Records on June 16, 2014 as the second single off the album. "Tattoo" was released as an extended play in the UK as Hayes' international musical debut on October 3, 2014, and was re-released as the second single from his international debut album, I Want Crazy (2015), on March 23, 2015.

Tattoo (2014 film)

Tattoo is a 2014 Italian dramatic short film directed by Riccardo Di Gerlando.

Usage examples of "tattoo".

Charley had to read it through red achiote juice and purple tattoo stippling, but the eyes seemed to belong to a man he could do bidness with, as they say in Texas.

They do not properly tattoo, but color the skin with achote or anatto.

He could feel his heart laboring in his chest, a pounding arrhythmic tattoo as it pumped the blood through his body.

The image of the long-haired, bearded, tattooed biker astride his Harley is outdated.

Some Angels represent every rival Outlaw biker hit with a tattoo of a skull black eyes for a man, red eyes for a woman.

He checked every day for changes to his body but so far all he had developed was an absence of body hair and bioluminescence around his tattoos.

Then she happens to notice the flattened blintzes on my plate and she scowls hard enough to turn her tattoo into Hello Kitty Litter.

While they had played the guard bugler had sounded a Watery Tattoo from the corner of the rainy muddy quad, and there had been a sudden influx of last minute pissers before they went to bed, and the CQ had come around and thrown the light switches in the squadrooms, and now in the darkened squadroom beyond the swinging saloon-doors of the latrine there were the heavy silences and soft stirrings of a great deal of sleep.

The Chief said, and they all stopped talking then and turned to look at the corner of the quad where the guard bugler was raising his horn to the big megaphone to sound Tattoo.

Jana saw was a blur of tattoos and black leather before she jammed her foot to the gas pedal so fast that Cavin had to grab hold of the dash to keep his balance.

Off beyond one of the Ten-in-One trucks, Cleed - otherwise Croaker Zinn - was saying the same words to Luke, the tattooed man.

The skin around both of his sockets, the only part of his true skin that was visible because of the ooglith cloaker and the star-shaped breather, was heavily tattooed.

Before contacting Corbal, he had also bought an expensive genetic tattoo that made him appear more Highton.

They were all dark, for one thing, much darker than the Ebou Dari, even darker than most Tairens, with straight black hair and black eyes and tattooed hands.

Briefly, putting two and two together, six sixteen which he pointedly turned a deaf ear to, Antonio and so forth, jockeys and esthetes and the tattoo which was all the go in the seventies or thereabouts even in the house of lords because early in life the occupant of the throne, then heir apparent, the other members of the upper ten and other high personages simply following in the footsteps of the head of the state, he reflected about the errors of notorieties and crowned heads running counter to morality such as the Cornwall case a number of years before under their veneer in a way scarcely intended by nature, a thing good Mrs Grundy, as the law stands, was terribly down on though not for the reason they thought they were probably whatever it was except women chiefly who were always fiddling more or less at one another it being largely a matter of dress and all the rest of it.