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canon

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noun can·on \ˈka-nən\

Definition of canon

  1. 1 a :  a regulation or dogma decreed by a church council b :  a provision of canon law

  2. 2 [Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Late Latin, from Latin, model] :  the most solemn and unvarying part of the Mass including the consecration of the bread and wine

  3. 3 [Middle English, from Late Latin, from Latin, standard] a :  an authoritative list of books accepted as Holy Scripture b :  the authentic works of a writer c :  a sanctioned or accepted group or body of related works <the canon of great literature>

  4. 4 a :  an accepted principle or rule b :  a criterion or standard of judgment c :  a body of principles, rules, standards, or norms

  5. 5 [Late Greek kanōn, from Greek, model] :  a contrapuntal musical composition in which each successively entering voice presents the initial theme usually transformed in a strictly consistent way



Origin of canon

Middle English, from Old English, from Late Latin, from Latin, ruler, rule, model, standard, from Greek kanōn


First Known Use: before 12th century

Synonym Discussion of canon

law, rule, regulation, precept, statute, ordinance, canon mean a principle governing action or procedure. law implies imposition by a sovereign authority and the obligation of obedience on the part of all subject to that authority <obey the law>. rule applies to more restricted or specific situations <the rules of the game>. regulation implies prescription by authority in order to control an organization or system <regulations affecting nuclear power plants>. precept commonly suggests something advisory and not obligatory communicated typically through teaching <the precepts of effective writing>. statute implies a law enacted by a legislative body <a statute requiring the use of seat belts>. ordinance applies to an order governing some detail of procedure or conduct enforced by a limited authority such as a municipality <a city ordinance>. canon suggests in nonreligious use a principle or rule of behavior or procedure commonly accepted as a valid guide <the canons of good taste>.

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canon

noun can·on

Definition of canon

  1. 1 :  a clergyman belonging to the chapter or the staff of a cathedral or collegiate church

  2. 2 :  canon regular



Origin of canon

Middle English canoun, from Anglo-French *canoun, chanoun, from Late Latin canonicus one living under a rule, from Latin, according to rule, from Greek kanonikos, from kanōn


First Known Use: 13th century


cañon

can·on

Definition of cañon

  1. variant of canyon




CANON Defined for Kids

canon

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noun can·on \ˈka-nən\

Definition of canon for Students

  1. 1 :  a rule or law of a church

  2. 2 :  an accepted rule <He follows the canons of good taste.>




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canon

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noun can·on \ˈka-nən\

Legal Definition of canon

  1. 1a :  a regulation or doctrine decreed by a church council b :  a provision of canon law

  2. 2a :  an accepted principle or rule <canons of descent> b :  a body of principles, rules, standards, or norms



Origin of canon

Greek kanōn rod, measuring line, rule



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