What does tonsure mean?

Definitions for tonsureˈtɒn ʃər

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. tonsure(noun)

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

  2. tonsure(verb)

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

  3. tonsure(verb)

    shave the head of a newly inducted monk


  1. tonsure(Noun)

    The bald patch resulting from being tonsured.

  2. tonsure(Verb)

    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.

  3. Origin: From tonsura, from tondeo.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Tonsure(noun)

    the act of clipping the hair, or of shaving the crown of the head; also, the state of being shorn

  2. Tonsure(noun)

    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

  3. Tonsure(noun)

    the shaven corona, or crown, which priests wear as a mark of their order and of their rank


  1. Tonsure

    Tonsure is the traditional practice of Christian churches of cutting or shaving the hair from the scalp of clerics, monastics, and, in the Eastern Orthodox Church, all baptized members. Tonsure, usually qualified by the name of the religion concerned, is now sometimes used more generally for such cutting or shaving for monks, devotees, or mystics of other religions as a symbol of their renunciation of worldly fashion and esteem, e.g., by Buddhist novices and monks, and some Hindu streams.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Tonsure

    ton′shōōr, n. act of clipping the hair, or of shaving the head: a religious observance of the R.C. and Eastern Churches, which consists in shaving or cutting part of the hair of the head as a sign of the dedication of the person to the special service of God, and commonly to the public ministry of religion.—adj. Ton′sured, having the crown of the head shaven as a priest: shaven: bald. [L. tonsura, a shearing—tondēre.]


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of tonsure in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of tonsure in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

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