- 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.
Origin of tonsure
Examples from the Web for untonsured
- (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
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.