The shaving of the crown in a circle, which is a distinguishing mark of clerics. Among some of the monastic orders and friars the tonsure leaves only a circle of hair round the head; the tonsure of secular clerks, on the other hand, is small.

MLA Citation

  • Father James J McGovern. “tonsure”. Catholic Pocket Dictionary, 1906. CatholicSaints.Info. 5 November 2019. Web. 3 March 2021. <>