/ton sawr"ee euhl, -sohr"-/, adj.
of or pertaining to a barber or barbering: the tonsorial shop.
[1805-15; < L tonsori(us) of shaving (tond(ere) to shave + -torius -TORY1, with dt > s) + -AL1]

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  • tonsorial — has nothing to do with tonsils, but is an adjective derived from the Latin word tonsor meaning ‘barber’ and is used facetiously to refer to a hairdresser or hairdressing • (The reason why he was called Ginger may now be more of historical… …   Modern English usage

  • tonsorial — [tän sôr′ē əl] adj. [L tonsorius, of clipping < tonsor, clipper < tonsus, pp. of tondere, to shear: see TOMY] of a barber or barbering: often used humorously [a tonsorial artist] …   English World dictionary

  • Tonsorial — Ton*so ri*al, a. [L. tonsorius, fr. tonsor a shearer, barber, fr. tondere, tonsum, to shear. See {Tonsure}.] Of or pertaining to a barber, or shaving. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • tonsorial — (adj.) pertaining to barbers, 1813, from L. tonsorius of or pertaining to shearing or shaving, from tonsor a shaver or barber, from tonsus, pp. of tondere to shear, shave (see TONSURE (Cf. tonsure)). Tonsorious in the same sense is attested from… …   Etymology dictionary

  • tonsorial — ► ADJECTIVE formal or humorous ▪ relating to hairdressing …   English terms dictionary

  • tonsorial — adjective humorous connected with cutting hair: a display of tonsorial perfection …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • tonsorial — /tɒnˈsɔriəl/ (say ton sawreeuhl) adjective (often humorous) of or relating to a barber or hairdressing: *Gentlemen of the forest, permit us to introduce ourselves, Bassanflinders, Tonsorial Artists. –eric curry, 1940. {Latin tonsōrius relating to …  

  • tonsorial — adjective Etymology: Latin tonsorius, from tondēre Date: 1813 of or relating to a barber or the work of a barber …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • tonsorial — adjective Pertaining to barbers …   Wiktionary

  • tonsorial — ton|so|ri|al [ tan sɔriəl ] adjective FORMAL relating to the job or activity of cutting people s hair …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

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