tonsure

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English[edit]

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Medieval Roman Catholic monk with tonsure.

Etymology[edit]

From Latin tonsūra (a clipping, trimming), from tondeō (shear, clip, trim).

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tonsure (third-person singular simple present tonsures, present participle tonsuring, simple past and past participle tonsured)

  1. (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.

Noun[edit]

tonsure (plural tonsures)

  1. The bald patch resulting from being tonsured.

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French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Latin tonsūra (a clipping, trimming), from tondeō (shear, clip, trim).

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

tonsure f (plural tonsures)

  1. tonsure

Verb[edit]

tonsure

  1. first-person singular present indicative of tonsurer
  2. third-person singular present indicative of tonsurer
  3. first-person singular present subjunctive of tonsurer
  4. third-person singular present subjunctive of tonsurer
  5. second-person singular imperative of tonsurer

Italian[edit]

Noun[edit]

tonsure f

  1. plural form of tonsura

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