American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Of or relating to barbering or a barber.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Pertaining to a barber or his functions.
- adj. Pertaining to barbers.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. Of or pertaining to a barber, or shaving.
- adj. of or relating to barbers and barbering
- from Latin tonsor, "barber" (Wiktionary)
- From Latin tōnsōrius, from tōnsor, barber, from tōnsus, past participle of tondēre, to shear; see tem- in Indo-European roots. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“a dandy, and would, perhaps, have preferred being called a tonsorial artist.”
“For intermittent though necessary expenses, such as tonsorial service, clothing and books.”
“For a man who appears to have gone into the barbers with a picture of Hitler and said "this please, but without the moustache" to even think of scoring tonsorial points shows a lack of self-knowledge that is staggering even for Barton.”
“It was what is known in tonsorial parlance a highbrow way of saying barber talk as a unibrow, a strip of hair not unlike roadkill that extended from above the corner of my left eye to above the corner of my right eye.”
“Waddle and Keegan certainly lived the in tonsorial fast lane in their day.”
“Alongside Keegle in the pundits' chairs was the former West Ham and Northern Ireland defender Steve Lomas, who has also undergone something of a tonsorial transformation.”
“It is as a tonsorial phenomenon that the Beatles may make their enduring mark on our culture.”
“It had always made stars of smokers, overweight athletes, coca abusers, not to mention intravenous testosterone injectors, wife abusers, biblical literalists, and persons with tonsorial eccentricities, but once it embraced amputees, baseball became a sport that any indolent person could love.”
“Hair like that is the tonsorial equivalent of a "legitimate business.”
“What an odd little creature Katie was, considering the high expectations placed upon her: plain, chirpy, and not only pregnant but sporting a Dorothy Hamill wedge, the tonsorial equivalent of a vow of chastity.”
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