verb (used with object), ton·sured, ton·sur·ing.
Origin of tonsure
British Dictionary definitions for untonsured
- 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
Word Origin for tonsure
Word Origin and History for untonsured
late 14c., "shaving of the head or part of it as a religious rite," from Anglo-French tonsure (mid-14c.), from Old French tonsure (14c.), from Latin tonsura "a shearing, clipping," from tonsus, past participle of tondere "to shear, shave," from PIE *tend-, from root *tem- "to cut" (see tome). The verb is attested from 1793. Related: Tonsured; tonsuring.