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1tattoo

noun tat·too \ta-ˈtü\
plural tattoos

Definition of TATTOO

1
:  a rapid rhythmic rapping
2
a :  a call sounded shortly before taps as notice to go to quarters
b :  outdoor military exercise given by troops as evening entertainment
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Origin of TATTOO

alteration of earlier taptoo, from Dutch taptoe, from the phrase tap toe! taps shut!
First Known Use: circa 1627

Other Music Terms

cacophony, chorister, concerto, counterpoint, madrigal, obbligato, presto, presto, refrain, riff, segue

2tattoo

verb

Definition of TATTOO

transitive verb
:  to beat or rap rhythmically on :  drum on
intransitive verb
:  to give a series of rhythmic taps

First Known Use of TATTOO

1780

Other Music Terms

cacophony, chorister, concerto, counterpoint, madrigal, obbligato, presto, presto, refrain, riff, segue

3tattoo

transitive verb

Definition of TATTOO

1
:  to mark or color (the skin) with tattoos
2
:  to mark the skin with (a tattoo) <tattooed a flag on his chest>
tat·too·er noun
tat·too·ist \-ˈtü-ist\ noun

Origin of TATTOO

Tahitian tatau, noun, tattoo
First Known Use: 1769

Other Fashion Terms

bodkin, chignon, cowlick, eau de toilette, imperial, pocket, pomander, tonsorial

4tattoo

noun
plural tattoos

Definition of TATTOO

1
:  the act of tattooing :  the fact of being tattooed
2
:  an indelible mark or figure fixed upon the body by insertion of pigment under the skin or by production of scars

First Known Use of TATTOO

1777

Other Fashion Terms

bodkin, chignon, cowlick, eau de toilette, imperial, pocket, pomander, tonsorial
TATTOO Defined for Kids

1tattoo

verb tat·too \ta-ˈtü\
tat·tooedtat·too·ing

Definition of TATTOO for Kids

:  to mark the body with a picture or pattern by using a needle to put color under the skin

2tattoo

noun
plural tat·toos

Definition of TATTOO for Kids

:  a picture or design made by putting color under the skin

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