Tonsure meaning

tŏnshər
The act of shaving the head or part of the head, especially as a preliminary to becoming a priest or a member of a monastic order.
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The part of a monk's or priest's head that has been shaved.
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To shave the head of.
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A clipping off or shaving off of part or all of the hair of the head, done esp. formerly as a signal of entrance into the clerical or monastic state.
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The head area so clipped or shaved.
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To clip or shave the head hair of for such a purpose.
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(Christianity) To subject to the often ritual shaving of the crown of the head as a sign of humility and one's religious vocation. Some tonsures were more dramatic than others, leaving only a fringe of hair. Abolished by Vatican II in the Roman Catholic Church.
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The bald patch resulting from being tonsured.
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Origin of tonsure

  • Middle English from Old French from Medieval Latin tōnsūra from Latin a shearing from tōnsus past participle of tondēre to shear tem- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Latin tonsÅ«ra (“a clipping, trimming"), from tondeō (“shear, clip, trim").

    From Wiktionary