ca·​non·​ic kə-ˈnä-nik How to pronounce canonic (audio)
: of or relating to musical canon

Examples of canonic in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web According to key Vatican watchers, Benedict’s death removed his long shadow of influence both for the church’s progressive wing, led by Francis, as well as for the more canonic and conservative wing Benedict represented. Eric J. Lyman, USA TODAY, 5 Jan. 2023 The piece begins in beatific, C-major stasis, as a jaunty hymn gathers momentum in canonic form. New York Times, 9 June 2022 As the amps trailed behind him, the music echoed off the banks of the canal and nearby buildings, giving hints of canonic motion. New York Times, 22 June 2018 In addition to giving numerous first Cleveland performances of works by canonic composers, the orchestra also will introduce several newer musical authors, including a new Composer in Residence, Bernd Richard Deutsch. Zachary Lewis,, 2 Nov. 2017 The Chicago Symphony Orchestra has been devoting a disproportionate amount of the subscription season’s programming to canonic repertory regular attendees have heard many times over. John Von Rhein,, 2 Mar. 2018 Lovers of Shakespeare and Moliere and other canonic favorites await the arrival of his seasonal menus with the anticipation of discerning foodies. Andrea Simakis,, 4 Feb. 2018 Before this week’s rehearsals, Nally described the music as highly canonic — looking back to composition techniques from the time of J.S. Bach. David Patrick Stearns,, 27 June 2017 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of canonic was in the 15th century

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“Canonic.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Feb. 2024.

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