[ thur-oh, thuhr-oh ]
/ ˈθɜr oʊ, ˈθʌr oʊ /

adjective, adverb

an informal, simplified spelling of thorough.

Nearby words

  1. thorndike, lynn,
  2. thornhill,
  3. thornton,
  4. thornton, william,
  5. thorny,
  6. thorold,
  7. thoron,
  8. thorough,
  9. thorough bass,
  10. thorough brace

a mensa et thoro

[ ey men-suh et thawr-oh, thohr-oh ]
/ eɪ ˈmɛn sə ɛt ˈθɔr oʊ, ˈθoʊr oʊ /

adjective Law.

pertaining to or noting a divorce that forbids spouses to live together but does not dissolve the marriage bond.

Origin of a mensa et thoro

1590–1600; < Latin: literally, from board and bed. See mensal2, torus Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for thoro

  • The most thoro scholars have found this task no easy affair.

    Lectures on Language|William S. Balch
  • Great care should be taken that this advancement be easy, natural, and thoro.

    Lectures on Language|William S. Balch
  • In the last paragraph of the article referred to we find a hint of a lack of thoro conviction on the part of the writer himself.

    On the Firing Line in Education|Adoniram Judson Ladd
  • So Cronos took an iron sickle and mutilated Ouranos in such a way, enfin, as to divorce him a thoro.

    Modern Mythology|Andrew Lang

British Dictionary definitions for thoro

a mensa et thoro

/ (eɪ ˈmɛnsə ɛt ˈθɔːrəʊ) /


law denoting or relating to a form of divorce in which the parties remain married but do not cohabit: abolished in England in 1857

Word Origin for a mensa et thoro

Latin: from table and bed

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Word Origin and History for thoro


contraction of thorough.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper