noun \ˈtän(t)-shər\

: a round, shaved area on the top of a priest's or monk's head

Full Definition of TONSURE

:  the Roman Catholic or Eastern rite of admission to the clerical state by the clipping or shaving of a portion of the head
:  the shaven crown or patch worn by monks and other clerics
:  a bald spot resembling a tonsure

Origin of TONSURE

Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Medieval Latin tonsura, from Latin, act of shearing, from tonsus, past participle of tondēre to shear — more at tome
First Known Use: 14th century


transitive verb
ton·suredton·sur·ing \ˈtän(t)-sh(ə-)riŋ\

Definition of TONSURE

:  to shave the head of; especially :  to confer the tonsure upon

First Known Use of TONSURE


Other Christian Religious Terms

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