Share this entry

Share this page

tonsorial

Syllabification: ton·so·ri·al
Pronunciation: /tänˈsôrēəl
 
/

Definition of tonsorial in English:

adjective

formal or humorous
Of or relating to hairdressing.
Example sentences
  • 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.

Origin

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

Definition of tonsorial in:

Share this entry

Share this page

 

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove ads and access premium resources

Word of the day emulous
Pronunciation: ˈemyələs
adjective
seeking to emulate or imitate someone or something