- Tattoos are permanent marks made on the skin by puncturing the skin with a needle and inserting ink.
An example of a tattoo is a butterfly that you have permanently drawn on your hip by a tattoo artist using a needle and ink.
This woman has a lot of tattoos.Licensed from iStockPhoto
Variant of tattoo
- to puncture (the skin) with a needle and insert indelible colors so as to leave permanent marks or designs
- to make (marks or designs) on the skin in this way
Origin: from a Polynesian language from Proto-Polynesian an unverified form tatau
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