verb (used with object), ton·sured, ton·sur·ing.
Origin of tonsure
Related formsun·ton·sured, adjective
Examples from the Web for tonsure
Precisely the same regulations—for the tonsure and vestis talaris—were made for the scholar at the university of Paris.Cambridge|Mildred Anna Rosalie Tuker
There was hardly a tonsure in Italy which covered more than thoughts and hopes of lust and avarice.Machiavelli, Volume I|Niccol Machiavelli
An elaborate description of the tonsure rites has been published by Gerini.
Zucchetta, tsuk-ket′ta, n. the skull-cap of an ecclesiastic, covering the tonsure: a form of helmet worn in the 16th century.
They slept thus, and afterwards awoke in the same form, with the difference of the tonsure.
British Dictionary definitions for tonsure
- the shaving of the head or the crown of the head only
- the part of the head left bare by shaving
- the state of being shaven thus