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1. tonsure

noun. the shaved crown of a monk's or priest's head.

Synonyms

  • crown
  • pate

Etymology

  • tonsura (Latin)
  • tondeo (Latin)

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2. tonsure

noun. shaving the crown of the head by priests or members of a monastic order.

Synonyms

  • shaving

Antonyms

  • uncover
  • mark up

Etymology

  • tonsura (Latin)
  • tondeo (Latin)

3. tonsure

verb. shave the head of a newly inducted monk.

Etymology

  • tonsura (Latin)
  • tondeo (Latin)

Example sentences of the word tonsure


1. Noun, singular or mass
Four locks of hair are then cut by the priest in the shape of a cross from the child's head, a process called tonsure that is a symbol of obedience and sacrifice.

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