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noun ton·sure \ˈtän(t)-shər\

Definition of tonsure

  1. 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. 2 :  the shaven crown or patch worn by monks and other clerics

  3. 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


First Known Use: 14th century


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tonsure

transitive verb ton·sure

Definition of tonsure

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tonsuring

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

1706

First Known Use of tonsure

1706

Other Christian Religious Terms


TONSURE Defined for English Language Learners

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tonsure

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noun ton·sure \ˈtän(t)-shər\

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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