[ US /ˈkænən/ ]
[ UK /kˈænən/ ]
  1. a collection of books accepted as holy scripture especially the books of the Bible recognized by any Christian church as genuine and inspired
  2. a complete list of saints that have been recognized by the Roman Catholic Church
  3. a ravine formed by a river in an area with little rainfall
  4. a rule or especially body of rules or principles generally established as valid and fundamental in a field of art or philosophy
    the neoclassical canon
    canons of polite society
  5. a contrapuntal piece of music in which a melody in one part is imitated exactly in other parts
  6. a priest who is a member of a cathedral chapter
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How To Use canon In A Sentence

  • CANON LXXXI: We have said that a Bishop, or a Presbyter must not descend himself into public offices, but must attend to ecclesiastical needs.
  • Finding the swiftest pursuer close upon his heels, he threw off, first his blanket, then his silver-laced coat and belt of peag, by which his enemies knew him to be Canonchet, and redoubled the eagerness of pursuit. The Sketch Book of Geoffrey Crayon
  • Make sure that the construction proposal is reliable, the working procedure works canonically, and the construction monitor goes effectively.
  • In the twelfth century the canon lawyers devised an elaborate, and comparatively humane, legal framework for poor relief.
  • Both originals (instrumenta) of the Concordat of Worms were read and ratified, and twenty-two disciplinary canons were promulgated, most of them reinforcements of previous conciliary decrees. The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 9: Laprade-Mass Liturgy
  • 'Fraternitas canonicum in Ecclesia statutum non habet et eius ministri nullum ministerium legitime agere possunt.' RORATE CÆLI
  • However, he is at pains to point out that there is no one author of the canonic interpretation of a particular building; it is developed collectively over time, the cumulative, filtered effect of many previous responses.
  • He did not rest content with a mere strict fulfilment of the pecuniary obligations to the Church to which the Concordat had bound the State; in 1803 and 1804 it became the custom to pay stipends to canons and desservants of succursal parishes. The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 10: Mass Music-Newman
  • The other canonical hours have short lessons called capitula, originally lectiunculœ, sometimes capitella. The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 9: Laprade-Mass Liturgy
  • the deacon was canonically inducted
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