Definition of canonical
canonicallyplay \-k(ə-)lē\ adverb
Recent Examples of canonical from the Web
One of our intrepid investigators turns out to be a huge fan of the series and uses his or her canonical knowledge to help solve the crime, amidst all sorts of winking and nudging about Hollywood superficiality and egos.
Xerox PARC probably stands as the canonical example of interdisciplinary approaches to digital technology design.
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Origin and Etymology of canonical
First Known Use: 15th century
CANONICAL Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of canonical for English Language Learners
: connected with or allowed by the laws of the Christian church
: of or relating to the books that are considered to be part of a religion's official text
: of or relating to the group of books, plays, poems, etc., that are traditionally considered to be very important
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