Definition of tattoo noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

tattoo

noun
təˈtuː
 
; tæˈtuː
 
 
plural tattoos1 a picture or design that is marked permanently on a person's skin by making small holes in the skin with a needle and filling them with coloured inkHis arms were covered in tattoos.She has a tattoo of a tiger on her shoulder.2 (especially British English) an outdoor show by members of the armed forces that includes marching, music and military exercisesthe Edinburgh military tattoo3 [usually singular] a rapid and continuous series of taps or hits, especially on a drum as a military signalThe drummers beat a tattoo each morning.Her fingers tapped a light tattoo on the table.George felt his heart begin to beat a tattoo against his ribs.Usage noteUsage note: Clothes and fashionClothesbe wearing a new outfit/bright colours/fancy dress/fur/uniformbe (dressed) in black/red/jeans and a T-shirt/your best suit/leather/silk/rags (= very old torn clothes)be dressed for work/school/dinner/a special occasionbe dressed as a man/woman/clown/piratewear/dress in casual/designer/second-hand clotheswear jewellery/(especially US) jewelry/accessories/a watch/glasses/contact lenses/perfumehave a cowboy hat/red dress/blue suit onput on/take off your clothes/coat/shoes/helmetpull on/pull off your coat/gloves/sockschange into/get changed into a pair of jeans/your pyjamas/(especially US) your pajamasAppearancechange/enhance/improve your appearancecreate/get/have/give something a new/contemporary/retro lookbrush/comb/shampoo/wash/blow-dry your hairhave/get a haircut/your hair cut/a new hairstylehave/get a piercing/your nose piercedhave/get a tattoo/a tattoo done (on your arm)/a tattoo removedhave/get a makeover/cosmetic surgeryuse/wear/apply/put on make-up/cosmeticsFashionfollow/keep up with (the) fashion/the latest fashionsspend/waste money on designer clothesbe fashionably/stylishly/well dressedhave good/great/terrible/awful taste in clothesupdate/revamp your wardrobebe in/come into/go out of fashionbe (back/very much) in voguecreate a style/trend/vogue for somethingorganize/put on a fashion showshow/unveil a designer's spring/summer collectionsashay/strut down the catwalk/(North American English also) runwaybe on/do a photo/fashion shoot
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