tonsure

noun
ton·​sure | \ˈtän(t)-shər \

Definition of tonsure 

(Entry 1 of 2)

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

tonsure

verb
tonsured; tonsuring\ˈtän(t)-​sh(ə-​)riŋ \

Definition of tonsure (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

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

First Known Use of tonsure

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

1706, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for tonsure

Noun

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

noun

English Language Learners Definition of tonsure

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

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