Definition of tonsorial in English:


Line breaks: ton|sor¦ial
Pronunciation: /tɒnˈsɔːrɪəl


formal or humorous
Relating to hairdressing: she’d had her customary go at me over tonsorial neglect
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  • I envy the youth of today, who never had to live through an era of such tonsorial, not to say sartorial, horrors.
  • Those who know me will know I don't pay much attention to matters tonsorial.
  • A few of the bolder women stroke the hair of the blondes in our group - the people who live along the Siang are South-East Asian in appearance, and lack variety on the tonsorial front.


early 19th century: from Latin tonsorius (from tonsor 'barber', from tondere 'shear, clip') + -al.



[as submodifier]: a tonsorially flamboyant gangster
More example sentences
  • During my more tonsorially experimental phases, I noted with interest that the levels of attention I would get from in-store security staff depended on the colour of my hair.
  • The fact that he is British and shaven headed may be of some comfort to, say, the tonsorially elegant Antipodean, but frankly, does it matter?
  • I was just wondering why women should think that bald men were more intelligent than those of us not tonsorially challenged.

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