Definition of tonsure noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

tonsure

 noun
noun
BrE BrE//ˈtɒnʃə(r)//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈtɑːnʃər//
 
 
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the part of a monk’s or priest’s head that has been shaved Word Origin late Middle English: from Old French, or from Latin tonsura, from tondere ‘shear, clip’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: tonsure