Meaning of tonsure
Pronunciation: (ton'shur), [key]
— n., v., -sured, -sur•ing.
- 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, esp. 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.
- tonsure (Thesaurus)