canon
Pronunciation Noun

canon (plural canons)

  1. A generally accepted principle; a rule.
    The trial must proceed according to the canons of law.
    • c. 1599–1602, William Shakespeare, “The Tragedie of Hamlet, Prince of Denmarke”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies: Published According to the True Originall Copies (First Folio), London: Printed by Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358 ↗, [Act I, scene ii]:
      Or that the Everlasting had not fixed His canon 'gainst self-slaughter.
  2. anchor literary A group of literary works that are generally accepted as representing a field.
    • , William Styron, "Irwin Shaw", in My Generation: Collected Nonfiction (2015), page 456 ↗
      the durable canon of American short fiction
  3. The works of a writer that have been accepted as authentic.
    the entire Shakespeare canon
  4. A eucharistic prayer, particularly the Roman Canon.
  5. A religious law or body of law decreed by the church.
    We must proceed according to canon law.
  6. A catalogue of saints acknowledged and canonized in the Roman Catholic Church.
  7. In monasteries, a book containing the rules of a religious order.
  8. A member of a cathedral chapter; one who possesses a prebend in a cathedral or collegiate church.
  9. A piece of music in which the same melody is played by different voices, but beginning at different times; a round.
    Pachelbel’s Canon has become very popular.
  10. (Roman law) A rent or stipend payable at some regular time, generally annual, e.g., canon frumentarius
  11. (fandom) Those sources, especially including literary works, which are considered part of the main continuity regarding a given fictional universe.
    A spin-off book series revealed the aliens to be originally from Earth, but it's not canon.
    • 2014, Phineas and Ferb: Star Wars
      Meanwhile, having learned the whereabouts of the Death Star's plans, the rebels send their best platypus agent to obtain them, in hopes of finding a weakness. And none of this is canon, so just relax.
  12. (cookery) A rolled and filleted loin of meat; also called cannon.
    a canon of beef or lamb
  13. (printing, dated) A large size of type formerly used for printing the church canons, standardized as 48-point.
  14. The part of a bell by which it is suspended; the ear or shank of a bell.
  15. (billiards) A carom.
Synonyms
  • (48-point type) French canon
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  • Portuguese: cânone
  • Russian: кано́н
Translations Noun

canon (plural canons)

  1. A clergy member serving a cathedral or collegiate church.
  2. A canon regular, a member of any of several Roman Catholic religious orders.
Translations
  • Portuguese: cónego
  • Spanish: canónigo
Noun

canon (plural canons)

  1. Alternative spelling of qanun

Canon
Proper noun
  1. Surname
  2. (Roman Catholicism, with definite article) The Canon of the Mass.
Noun

canon (plural canons)

  1. (Christianity) Alternative letter-case form of canon: a member of a chapter.
  2. (Christianity) ngd Title for a canon.
    Canon Smith is our new parish priest.



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