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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

can•onˈkæn ən(n.)

  1. an ecclesiastical rule or law enacted by a council or other competent authority and, in the Roman Catholic Church, approved by the pope.

    Category: Religion

  2. the body of ecclesiastical law.

    Category: Religion

  3. a body of rules, principles, or standards accepted as axiomatic and universally binding, esp. in a field of study or art.

  4. a principle, rule, or standard:

    the canons of good behavior.

  5. the books of the Bible recognized by any Christian church as genuine and inspired.

    Category: Religion, Bible

  6. any officially recognized set of sacred books.

    Category: Religion

  7. any comprehensive list of books within a field.

  8. the works of an author that have been accepted as authentic.

    Category: Literature

  9. the list of saints acknowledged by the Roman Catholic Church.

    Category: Religion

  10. the part of the mass between the Sanctus and the communion.

    Category: Religion

  11. consistent, note-for-note imitation of one melodic line by another, in which the second line starts after the first.

    Category: Music and Dance

Origin of canon:

bef. 900; ME, OE < L < Gk kanṓn measuring rod, rule

can•onˈkæn ən(n.)

  1. a member of the chapter of a cathedral or a collegiate church.

    Category: Religion

  2. one of the members

    Category: Religion

    Ref: ( canons regular )

Origin of canon:

1150–1200; ME; back formation from OE canōnic (one) under rule < ML canōnicus, L: of or under rule < Gk kanōnikós. See canon1, -ic

ca•ñonˈkæn yən(n.)

  1. Category: Geology

    Ref: canyon .

Princeton's WordNet

  1. canon(noun)

    a rule or especially body of rules or principles generally established as valid and fundamental in a field or art or philosophy

    "the neoclassical canon"; "canons of polite society"

  2. canon(noun)

    a priest who is a member of a cathedral chapter

  3. canyon, canon(noun)

    a ravine formed by a river in an area with little rainfall

  4. canon(noun)

    a contrapuntal piece of music in which a melody in one part is imitated exactly in other parts

  5. canon(noun)

    a complete list of saints that have been recognized by the Roman Catholic Church

  6. canon(noun)

    a collection of books accepted as holy scripture especially the books of the Bible recognized by any Christian church as genuine and inspired


  1. canon(Noun)

    A generally accepted principle.

    The trial must proceed according to the canons of law.

  2. canon(Noun)

    A group of literary works that are generally accepted as representing a field.

    "the durable canon of American short fiction" u2014 William Styron

  3. canon(Noun)

    The works of a writer that have been accepted as authentic.

    the entire Shakespeare canon

  4. canon(Noun)

    A eucharistic prayer, particularly, the Roman Canon.

  5. canon(Noun)

    A religious law or body of law decreed by the church.

    We must proceed according to canon law.

  6. canon(Noun)

    A member of a cathedral chapter

  7. canon(Noun)

    A piece of music in which the same melody is played by different voices, but beginning at different times.

    Pachelbelu2019s Canon has become very popular.

  8. canon(Noun)

    Those sources, especially including literary works, which are generally considered authoritative regarding a given fictional universe.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Canon(noun)

    a law or rule

  2. Canon(noun)

    a law, or rule of doctrine or discipline, enacted by a council and confirmed by the pope or the sovereign; a decision, regulation, code, or constitution made by ecclesiastical authority

  3. Canon(noun)

    the collection of books received as genuine Holy Scriptures, called the sacred canon, or general rule of moral and religious duty, given by inspiration; the Bible; also, any one of the canonical Scriptures. See Canonical books, under Canonical, a

  4. Canon(noun)

    in monasteries, a book containing the rules of a religious order

  5. Canon(noun)

    a catalogue of saints acknowledged and canonized in the Roman Catholic Church

  6. Canon(noun)

    a member of a cathedral chapter; a person who possesses a prebend in a cathedral or collegiate church

  7. Canon(noun)

    a musical composition in which the voices begin one after another, at regular intervals, successively taking up the same subject. It either winds up with a coda (tailpiece), or, as each voice finishes, commences anew, thus forming a perpetual fugue or round. It is the strictest form of imitation. See Imitation

  8. Canon(noun)

    the largest size of type having a specific name; -- so called from having been used for printing the canons of the church

  9. Canon(noun)

    the part of a bell by which it is suspended; -- called also ear and shank

  10. Canon(noun)

    see Carom


  1. Canon

    Canon Inc. Kiyanon kabushiki-gaisha is a Japanese multinational corporation specialized in the manufacture of imaging and optical products, including cameras, camcorders, photocopiers, steppers, computer printers and medical equipment. Its headquarters are located in Ōta, Tokyo, Japan. Canon has a primary listing on the Tokyo Stock Exchange and is a constituent of the TOPIX index. It has a secondary listing on the New York Stock Exchange.

The Nuttall Encyclopedia

  1. Canon

    the name given to the body of Scripture accepted by the Church as of divine authority.

Anagrams of canon

  1. ancon, Conan

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a rule (especially of the church).

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