noun can·on \ˈka-nən\

Definition of CANON

a :  a regulation or dogma decreed by a church council
b :  a provision of canon law
[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
[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>
a :  an accepted principle or rule
b :  a criterion or standard of judgment
c :  a body of principles, rules, standards, or norms
[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

Other Christian Religious Terms

Pentateuch, blasphemy, curate, doxology, eremite, iconoclasm, liturgy, orison, pneuma, reliquary

Rhymes with CANON



Definition of CANON

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

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

Rhymes with CANON


Definition of CAÑON

variant of canyon
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