In the monastic times all these had the shaven crown or tonsure.
The mark of his tonsure was next removed, and that with great cruelty.
Various preliminaries were needful to obtain admission, among them the tonsure.
The other, although in citizen's dress, he saw by the tonsure was a priest.
With a quickened pulse I hastened to my lodgings, and throwing off my hateful gown and tonsure, dressed myself in my new attire.
But the tonsure had then been very small, hardly larger than a penny.
In 1558 he received the tonsure and first ecclesiastical orders, but married two years later, and died in 1571.
In the Old Testament it is permitted to no priest to wear the tonsure.
But once it was brown, and the tonsure came not there till I had lived thirty years and borne arms for twelve.
This one wears the tonsure, the other a hood, this a cloak, that a robe.
late 14c., "shaving of the head or part of it as a religious rite," from Anglo-French tonsure (mid-14c.), from Old French tonsure (14c.), from Latin tonsura "a shearing, clipping," from tonsus, past participle of tondere "to shear, shave," from PIE *tend-, from root *tem- "to cut" (see tome). The verb is attested from 1793. Related: Tonsured; tonsuring.