the act of cutting the hair or shaving the head.
the shaving of the head or of some part of it as a religious practice or rite, especially in preparation for entering the priesthood or a monastic order.
the part of a cleric's head, usually the crown, left bare by shaving the hair.
the state of being shorn.
to confer the ecclesiastical tonsure upon.
to subject to tonsure.
- un·ton·sured, adjective
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How to use tonsure in a sentence
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
(in certain religions and monastic orders)
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
(tr) to shave the head of
- tonsured, adjective
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