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Tuesday, April 05, 2016

Definitions for tonsorial

  1. of or relating to a barber or barbering: the tonsorial shop.

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Citations for tonsorial
The more seriously he took the tonsorial art, the more he studied its tricks and phrases and heard old barbers lecture, the more sure were the imps of youth to prompt him to laughter and urge him to something outrageous and ridiculous. Lord Dunsany, Tales of War, 1918
… in the lush and gay '90s of American history, when travelling salesmen called drummers "beat the bushes" of city and hinterland for business, ofttimes they became lonely. So they hied to those then exclusive retreats of masculinity fancifully known as tonsorial parlors. Ralph Sharp, "Yes, Brother," Rotarian, September 1946
Origin of tonsorial
1805-1815
Tonsorial finds its roots in the Latin verb tondēre meaning "to shave." It entered English in the early 1800s.