Meaning of tattoo

tat•too

Pronunciation: (ta-t'), [key]
— pl. -toos.
  1. a signal on a drum, bugle, or trumpet at night, for soldiers or sailors to go to their quarters.
  2. a knocking or strong pulsation: My heart beat a tattoo on my ribs.
  3. an outdoor military pageant or display.

tat•too

Pronunciation: (ta-t'), [key]
— n., pl. v., -toos, -tooed, -too•ing.
—n.
  1. the act or practice of marking the skin with indelible patterns, pictures, legends, etc., by making punctures in it and inserting pigments.
  2. a pattern, picture, legend, etc., so made.
—v.t.
  1. to mark (the skin) with tattoos.
  2. to put (tattoos) on the skin.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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