can·​on·​ist ˈka-nə-nist How to pronounce canonist (audio)
: a specialist in canon law

Examples of canonist in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web But the results, Mr. Chancellor observes, were not as distressful for the rich as a medieval canonist might have hoped. Adam Rowe, WSJ, 12 Aug. 2022 While church trials do make use of police investigations and evidence from secular courts, a counter-study commissioned by an entire bishops' conference could run into jurisdictional problems at a canonical trial, canonists said. Fox News, 18 Sep. 2018

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Word History

First Known Use

1542, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of canonist was in 1542

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“Canonist.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Dec. 2023.

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