Definitions for canonˈkæn ən
Random House Webster's College Dictionary
an ecclesiastical rule or law enacted by a council or other competent authority and, in the Roman Catholic Church, approved by the pope.
the body of ecclesiastical law.
a body of rules, principles, or standards accepted as axiomatic and universally binding, esp. in a field of study or art.
a principle, rule, or standard:
the canons of good behavior.
the books of the Bible recognized by any Christian church as genuine and inspired.
Category: Religion, Bible
any officially recognized set of sacred books.
any comprehensive list of books within a field.
the works of an author that have been accepted as authentic.
the list of saints acknowledged by the Roman Catholic Church.
the part of the mass between the Sanctus and the communion.
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
a member of the chapter of a cathedral or a collegiate church.
one of the members
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
Ref: canyon .
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"
a priest who is a member of a cathedral chapter
a ravine formed by a river in an area with little rainfall
a contrapuntal piece of music in which a melody in one part is imitated exactly in other parts
a complete list of saints that have been recognized by the Roman Catholic Church
a collection of books accepted as holy scripture especially the books of the Bible recognized by any Christian church as genuine and inspired
A generally accepted principle.
The trial must proceed according to the canons of law.
A group of literary works that are generally accepted as representing a field.
"the durable canon of American short fiction" u2014 William Styron
The works of a writer that have been accepted as authentic.
the entire Shakespeare canon
A eucharistic prayer, particularly, the Roman Canon.
A religious law or body of law decreed by the church.
We must proceed according to canon law.
A member of a cathedral chapter
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.
Those sources, especially including literary works, which are generally considered authoritative regarding a given fictional universe.
a law or rule
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
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
in monasteries, a book containing the rules of a religious order
a catalogue of saints acknowledged and canonized in the Roman Catholic Church
a member of a cathedral chapter; a person who possesses a prebend in a cathedral or collegiate church
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
the largest size of type having a specific name; -- so called from having been used for printing the canons of the church
the part of a bell by which it is suspended; -- called also ear and shank
The Nuttall Encyclopedia
the name given to the body of Scripture accepted by the Church as of divine authority.
Translations for canon
Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary
a rule (especially of the church).
- شَرْع، قانون كَنَسيArabic
- cânonePortuguese (BR)
- církevní zákonCzech
- die Regel, der KanonGerman
- rettesnor; regelDanish
- εκκλησιαστικός κανόναςGreek
- כִתְבֵי קוֹדֶשHebrew
- (cirkevný) predpis, nariadenieSlovak
- [kyrkligt] påbudSwedish
- kilise kanunu/nizamı; Hristiyan şeriatıTurkish
- 教規Chinese (Trad.)
- شریعت ، دینی قانونUrdu
- quy tắcVietnamese
- 教规Chinese (Simp.)
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