clerical tonsure

clerical tonsure
In old English law, the practice of having the head shaven, which was formerly peculiar to clerks, or persons in orders, and which the coifs worn by Serjeants at law are supposed to have been introduced to conceal. 1 Bl.Comm. 24, note t; 4 Bl.Comm. 367

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  • clerical tonsure — In old English law, the practice of having the head shaven, which was formerly peculiar to clerks, or persons in orders, and which the coifs worn by Serjeants at law are supposed to have been introduced to conceal. 1 Bl.Comm. 24, note t; 4… …   Black's law dictionary

  • Tonsure — Roman tonsure Tonsure is the traditional practice of Christian churches of cutting or shaving the hair from the scalp of clerics, monastics, and, in the Eastern Orthodox Church, all baptized members. Tonsure, usually qualified by the name of the… …   Wikipedia

  • Tonsure — • A sacred rite instituted by the Church by which a baptized and confirmed Christian is received into the clerical order Catholic Encyclopedia. Kevin Knight. 2006. Tonsure     Tonsure      …   Catholic encyclopedia

  • clérical — clérical, ale (klé ri kal, ka l ) adj. 1°   Qui est propre aux ecclésiastiques. Tonsure cléricale. Les ordres cléricaux.    Lettres cléricales, lettres écrites par le clergé d une église, lorsque le siége épiscopal est vacant.    Autrefois, titre …   Dictionnaire de la Langue Française d'Émile Littré

  • Clerical Costume —     Clerical Costume     † Catholic Encyclopedia ► Clerical Costume     To discuss the question of ecclesiastical costume in any detail would be impossible in an article like the present. No topic has formed the subject of so many synodal… …   Catholic encyclopedia

  • clérical — CLÉRICAL, ALE. adj. Appartenant au Clerc, à l Ecclésiastique. L Ordre clérical. La Tonsure cléricale. Les fonctions cléricales. [b]f♛/b] On appelle Titre clérical, Le revenu dont chaque Clerc doit faire preuve avant d être ordonné. Voyez Titre …   Dictionnaire de l'Académie Française 1798

  • clerical — Clerical, [cleric]ale. adj. Appartenant au Clerc, ou Ecclesiastique. L Ordre Clerical. la Tonsure Clericale. les fonctions Clericales …   Dictionnaire de l'Académie française

  • tonsure — [tän′shər] n. [ME < MFr < L tonsura < tonsus: see TONSORIAL] 1. a clipping off or shaving off of part or all of the hair of the head, done esp. formerly as a signal of entrance into the clerical or monastic state 2. the head area so… …   English World dictionary

  • tonsure — /ton sheuhr/, n., v., tonsured, tonsuring. n. 1. the act of cutting the hair or shaving the head. 2. the shaving of the head or of some part of it as a religious practice or rite, esp. in preparation for entering the priesthood or a monastic… …   Universalium

  • tonsure — I. noun Etymology: Middle English, from Anglo French, from Medieval Latin tonsura, from Latin, act of shearing, from tonsus, past participle of tondēre to shear more at tome Date: 14th century 1. the Roman Catholic or Eastern rite of admission to …   New Collegiate Dictionary

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