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tonsure

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noun ton·sure \ ˈtän(t)-shər \

Definition of tonsure

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

Origin and Etymology 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


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tonsure

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Definition of tonsure

tonsured; tonsuring play \ˈtän(t)-sh(ə-)riŋ\
transitive verb
:to shave the head of; especially :to confer the tonsure upon

First Known Use of tonsure

1706

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TONSURE Defined for English Language Learners

tonsure

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Definition of tonsure for English Language Learners

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


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