verb (used with object), ton·sured, ton·sur·ing.
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Origin of tonsure
OTHER WORDS FROM tonsureun·ton·sured, adjective
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Example sentences from the Web for tonsure
But he never took orders, the clerical tonsure being a sufficient qualification for holding canonries.
The student was exempted by his tonsure from lay jurisdiction.Oxford and Her Colleges|Goldwin Smith
Assured, however, that he was in Dublin, he scratched his tonsure once more.The House by the Church-Yard|J. Sheridan Le Fanu
Pretty children, with their hair clipped around their heads like a priest's tonsure, sport around us, but are not intrusive.In Eastern Seas|J. J. Smith
There was a fifth, a baker who wore the tonsure and was delivered to the episcopal court, which sentenced him to vergenza.A History of the Inquisition of Spain; vol. 4|Henry Charles Lea
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