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  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj tonsorial of or relating to barbers and barbering "tonsorial work","tonsorial parlor"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • a Tonsorial Of or pertaining to a barber, or shaving.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • tonsorial Pertaining to a barber or his functions.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Tonsorial pertaining to a barber or to shaving
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. tonsorius, fr. tonsor, a shearer, barber, fr. tondere, tonsum, to shear. See Tonsure
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. tonsilistondēre, tonsum, to clip.


In literature:

As Tarzan labored at his tonsorial task, his active mind was busy with many things.
"Jungle Tales of Tarzan" by Edgar Rice Burroughs
Thus he justified himself in sitting down in here after his tonsorial treatment.
"Sister Carrie" by Theodore Dreiser
SEVILLE, Barber of, a celebrated tonsorial artist who introduced the marcel wave and the Gillette razor into Spain.
"Who Was Who: 5000 B. C. to Date" by Anonymous
Thus he justified himself in sitting down in here after his tonsorial treatment.
"Sister Carrie" by Theodore Dreiser
For intermittent though necessary expenses, such as tonsorial service, clothing and books.
"City of Endless Night" by Milo Hastings
Why suffer the inconvenience of long hair when our own regimental tonsorial artist is waiting to bob it for you free of charge?
"Punch, or the London Charivari, Vol. 158, March 3rd, 1920" by Various
Crime fell from the shoulders of the quondam culprit, and the tonsorial innocent stood forth confessed!
"Punch, or the London Charivari, Volume 1, Complete" by Various
One likes to think of regal features and tonsorial habits setting a fashion.
"A Boswell of Baghdad" by E. V. Lucas
Our hats removed, the results of Old Colonial's tonsorial operations are made fully apparent.
"Brighter Britain! (Volume 1 of 2)" by William Delisle Hay
But as I was about to say, his greatest accomplishments have been along tonsorial lines.
"Silver and Gold" by Dane Coolidge
The captain said farewell; and we hunted up, by his direction, the New York Tonsorial Emporium.
"Gold" by Stewart White
They, of course, declined the tonsorial ceremonies and were remanded to Camp Chase.
"History of Morgan's Cavalry" by Basil W. Duke
In front of a tonsorial saloon on the avenue our boys espied a Dutchman who formerly carried on business in Pawtucket.
"A Raw Recruit's War Experiences" by Ansel D. Nickerson
When he brought the guest's shaving-water in the morning, he would always offer his tonsorial services at the same time.
"Missing Friends" by Thorvald Weitemeyer
Her red hair was much in need of combing and lacked the delicate wave of the tonsorial artist.
"The Flying Bo'sun" by Arthur Mason

In poetry:

Hope you at Christmas for currency,
Fiend of tonsorial tricks?
Never was greater aberrancy--
Coarsely I say to you, "Nix!"
"Christmas Cards" by Franklin Pierce Adams
Prince of the parlour tonsorial,
Knight of the razor and shears,
Who have from time immemorial
Snipped it too short round the ears--
"Christmas Cards" by Franklin Pierce Adams

In news:

Candidate's multiple tonsorial stylings cost over $200 a clip.
Clipper Sales Rise as Hairlines Recede at Salons, but Tonsorial Mishaps Invigorate Repair Work.
The other day, I walked into one of them new-fangled tonsorial parlors up in Battle Ground (that would be "barbershop" for those of you too young to remember) and asked for a shave.
When Tom returned to work after the weekend, it was obvious he had experienced a tonsorial encounter because we could actually see his ears for the first time.
Patrick Gonzalez, a Woodland Hills Middle School student, is in trouble with school administrators over his tonsorial tribute to Spurs forward Matt Bonner.
We're generally happy with a barber-shop experience as long as the tonsorial artist is semi-competent with the scissors and clippers and the haircut is cheap.
It seems like every week, there's a new entrant wading into the conversation about the tonsorial logistics and cultural implications of how they rock their hair.