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tonsorial

[ton-sawr-ee-uh l, -sohr-] /tɒnˈsɔr i əl, -ˈsoʊr-/
adjective
1.
of or pertaining to a barber or barbering:
the tonsorial shop.
Origin
1805-1815
1805-15; < Latin tōnsōri(us) of shaving (tond(ēre) to shave + -tōrius -tory1, with dt > s) + -al1
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  • One of the innovations of a tonsorial parlor here is the individual telephone, which is attached to each chair.
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tonsorial

/tɒnˈsɔːrɪəl/
adjective
1.
(often facetious) of or relating to barbering or hairdressing
Word Origin
C19: from Latin tōnsōrius concerning shaving, from tondēre to shave
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Word Origin and History for tonsorial
adj.

"pertaining to barbers," 1813, from Latin tonsorius "of or pertaining to shearing or shaving," from tonsor "a shaver or barber," from tonsus, past participle of tondere "to shear, shave" (see tonsure). Tonsorious in the same sense is attested from 1650s.

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