A tattoo is something that is permanent.
An example of something which is permanent is a tattoo.
- lasting or intended to last indefinitely without change
- lasting a relatively long time
Origin of permanentMiddle English from Middle French from Classical Latin permanens, present participle of permanere from per, through + manere, to remain: see manor
- Lasting or remaining without essential change: “the universal human yearning for something permanent, enduring, without shadow of change” ( Willa Cather )
- Not expected to change in status, condition, or place: a permanent address; permanent secretary to the president.
Origin of permanentMiddle English from Old French from Latin permanēns permanent- present participle of permanēre to endure per- throughout ; see per- . manēre to remain ; see men-3 in Indo-European roots.
(comparative more permanent, superlative most permanent)
(third-person singular simple present permanents, present participle permanenting, simple past and past participle permanented)
- (dated) To perm (the hair).
Used in English since 15th century, from Middle French permanent, from Latin permanens, from permanÄ“o (“I stay to the end").