[ ton-sawr-ee-uh l, -sohr- ]
/ tɒnˈsɔr i əl, -ˈsoʊr- /


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

Origin of tonsorial

1805–15; < Latin tōnsōri(us) of shaving (tond(ēre) to shave + -tōrius -tory1, with dt > s) + -al1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for tonsorial


/ (tɒnˈsɔːrɪəl) /


often facetious of or relating to barbering or hairdressing

Word Origin for tonsorial

C19: from Latin tōnsōrius concerning shaving, from tondēre to shave
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Word Origin and History for tonsorial



"pertaining to barbers," 1813, from Latin tonsorius "of or pertaining to shearing or shaving," from tonsor "a shaver or barber," from tonsus, past participle of tondere "to shear, shave" (see tonsure). Tonsorious in the same sense is attested from 1650s.

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