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ton·sure

 (tŏn′shər)
n.
1. 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.
2. The part of a monk's or priest's head that has been shaved.
tr.v. ton·sured, ton·sur·ing, ton·sures
To shave the head of.

[Middle English, from Old French, from Medieval Latin tōnsūra, from Latin, a shearing, from tōnsus, past participle of tondēre, to shear; see tem- in Indo-European roots.]

tonsure

(ˈtɒnʃə)
n
(Hairdressing & Grooming) (in certain religions and monastic orders)
a. the shaving of the head or the crown of the head only
b. the part of the head left bare by shaving
c. the state of being shaven thus
vb
(Hairdressing & Grooming) (tr) to shave the head of
[C14: from Latin tōnsūra a clipping, from tondēre to shave]
ˈtonsured adj

ton•sure

(ˈtɒn ʃər)

n., v. -sured, -sur•ing. n.
1. the shaving of the head or of some part of it, esp. upon entering the priestood or a monastic order.
2. the part of a cleric's head, usu. the crown, left bare by shaving the hair.
3. the state of being shorn.
v.t.
4. to subject to tonsure.
[1350–1400; Middle English < Latin tōnsūra a shearing =tōns(us), past participle of tondēre to shear, clip, shave + -ūra -ure]

tonsure

1. the act or process of cutting the hair, especially as a religious rite or custom.
2. the shaved part of the head, usually the crown, of a member of a religious order. — tonsorial, adj.
See also: Hair
1. the act or process of cutting the hair, especially as a religious rite or custom.
2. the shaved part of the head, usually the crown, of a member of a religious order. — tonsorial, adj.
See also: Monks and Nuns

tonsure


Past participle: tonsured
Gerund: tonsuring

Imperative
tonsure
tonsure
Present
I tonsure
you tonsure
he/she/it tonsures
we tonsure
you tonsure
they tonsure
Preterite
I tonsured
you tonsured
he/she/it tonsured
we tonsured
you tonsured
they tonsured
Present Continuous
I am tonsuring
you are tonsuring
he/she/it is tonsuring
we are tonsuring
you are tonsuring
they are tonsuring
Present Perfect
I have tonsured
you have tonsured
he/she/it has tonsured
we have tonsured
you have tonsured
they have tonsured
Past Continuous
I was tonsuring
you were tonsuring
he/she/it was tonsuring
we were tonsuring
you were tonsuring
they were tonsuring
Past Perfect
I had tonsured
you had tonsured
he/she/it had tonsured
we had tonsured
you had tonsured
they had tonsured
Future
I will tonsure
you will tonsure
he/she/it will tonsure
we will tonsure
you will tonsure
they will tonsure
Future Perfect
I will have tonsured
you will have tonsured
he/she/it will have tonsured
we will have tonsured
you will have tonsured
they will have tonsured
Future Continuous
I will be tonsuring
you will be tonsuring
he/she/it will be tonsuring
we will be tonsuring
you will be tonsuring
they will be tonsuring
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been tonsuring
you have been tonsuring
he/she/it has been tonsuring
we have been tonsuring
you have been tonsuring
they have been tonsuring
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been tonsuring
you will have been tonsuring
he/she/it will have been tonsuring
we will have been tonsuring
you will have been tonsuring
they will have been tonsuring
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been tonsuring
you had been tonsuring
he/she/it had been tonsuring
we had been tonsuring
you had been tonsuring
they had been tonsuring
Conditional
I would tonsure
you would tonsure
he/she/it would tonsure
we would tonsure
you would tonsure
they would tonsure
Past Conditional
I would have tonsured
you would have tonsured
he/she/it would have tonsured
we would have tonsured
you would have tonsured
they would have tonsured
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.tonsure - the shaved crown of a monk's or priest's headtonsure - the shaved crown of a monk's or priest's head
pate, poll, crown - the top of the head
2.tonsure - shaving the crown of the head by priests or members of a monastic ordertonsure - shaving the crown of the head by priests or members of a monastic order
shave, shaving - the act of removing hair with a razor
Verb1.tonsure - shave the head of a newly inducted monktonsure - shave the head of a newly inducted monk
shave - remove body hair with a razor
Translations
tonzúra
tonsura

tonsure

[ˈtɒnʃəʳ] (frm)
A. Ntonsura f
B. VTtonsurar

tonsure

nTonsur f
vtscheren, die Tonsur erteilen (+dat) (spec)
References in classic literature ?
Pedro Lobo's son has received the first orders and tonsure, with the intention of becoming a priest.
Come but within reach of my sword arm, and, friar or no friar, I'll shave your tonsure closer than ever bald-pated monk was shaven before
He is a priest," said Bragelonne, "he has worn the tonsure.
A short, fat man, with a flat face, a craniun ornamented with a crown of gray hairs, cut short, in imitation of a tonsure, and covered with an old black velvet cap, arose as soon as he heard D'Artagnan -- we ought not to say arose, but bounded up.
The hair, cut shorter on the top of his skull, still indicated the place of a half-effaced tonsure.
from which they derived their name, or the bursars of the college of Dormans on their shaved tonsure, and their surtout parti-colored of bluish-green, blue, and violet cloth,
The cap that hid his tonsure was of black velvet, and around the edges of it were rows of jewels that flashed in the sunlight, each stone being set in gold.
Justin's one remaining hope is to go home to those native mountains, if it may be, with the dead body of his boy, dead "the very morning on which he should have received the tonsure from the hands of Mgr.
At the end of the third year he received the tonsure and was ordained to the priesthood by the name of Sergius.
That's not to say we don't try to make a few improvements; we can't help trying to update his wardrobe or persuading him to shave off his hair rather than hang onto his monk-like tonsure, we're only female.
The bishop instructed them to perform a sacred task upon the conclusion of the ceremony: "All those who have been promoted to the first tonsure, or the four minor orders, say once the seven penitential psalms with the litany, versicles, and orations.
The verb used throughout the passage is (Hithpa'el), (25) and the act of defilement is additionally associated with different types of tonsure and self-laceration (v.