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Meaning of TONSURE

Pronunciation:  'tânsyur

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  shaving the crown of the head by priests or members of a monastic order
  2. [n]  the shaved crown of a monk's or priest's head
  3. [v]  shave the head of a newly inducted monk

TONSURE is a 7 letter word that starts with T.


 See Also: crown, pate, poll, shave, shave, shaving



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Ton"sure\, n. [F., fr. L. tonsura a shearing, clipping,
from tondere, tonsum, to shear, shave; cf. Gr. ? to gnaw;
perhaps akin to Gr. ? to cut, and E. tome.]
1. The act of clipping the hair, or of shaving the crown of
   the head; also, the state of being shorn.

2. (R. C. Ch.)
   (a) The first ceremony used for devoting a person to the
       service of God and the church; the first degree of the
       clericate, given by a bishop, abbot, or cardinal
       priest, consisting in cutting off the hair from a
       circular space at the back of the head, with prayers
       and benedictions; hence, entrance or admission into
       minor orders.
   (b) The shaven corona, or crown, which priests wear as a
       mark of their order and of their rank.