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  • n. A barber.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A barber.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A barber; one who shaves.


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  • For this the city, the critics, and the fop, Dally the hour away in tonsor's shop; For this the gossip takes her daily route, And wears your threshold and your patience out; For this we leave the parson in the lurch,

    London Under the Robot Bomb

  • The wily tonsor bowed, sighed, and smiled, as, with a voice even softer than ordinary, he wished the youth a good evening; and they parted, Quentin to his quarters, and Oliver to attend the King.

    Quentin Durward

  • “And pray, worthy Seignior,” said the royal tonsor, looking at him from under his eyelids, “what might your reason be for calling the muster roll on such occasions?”

    Quentin Durward

  • “May I ask to whom your Majesty commits such an important charge?” asked the tonsor.

    Quentin Durward

  • He is not a whit less a tattler and a scandal monger than the old Roman tonsor or Figaro, his confrère in Southern Europe.

    The Book of The Thousand Nights And A Night

  • The family tonsor came to know whether the noble Count had need of his skill.

    A Legend of the Rhine

  • Capit tunc pugionem tonsor et præputio abscisso detrahit pellem [Greek] ab umbilico incipiens aut parum infra, ventremque usque ad femora nudat.

    Personal Narrative of a Pilgrimage to Al-Madinah and Meccah

  • Wilkes 'historic barber would have entered upon the same enforced career had not that astute Alderman discovered, to the astonishment of the nation at large, that a warrant which authorised the pressing of seamen did not necessarily authorise the pressing of a city tonsor.

    The Press-Gang Afloat and Ashore

  • It described the experiences of a female tonsor somewhere in Idaho, and closed with her Machiavellian manoeuvres to entice into her shaving chair a man who had bilked her, so that she might slice his ear.


  • And when (finally) the irritated tonsor suggests that if we don't wait so long next time before getting our hair cut we will not be humiliated by our condition, we exhibit Lao-Tse's aphorism:

    Plum Pudding Of Divers Ingredients, Discreetly Blended & Seasoned


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