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  1. can·on
    IPA[ˈkanən]
  2. noun

    • 1. a general law, rule, principle, or criterion by which something is judged:

      the appointment violated the canons of fair play and equal opportunity
    • 2. a Church decree or law:

      a set of ecclesiastical canons
    • 3. a collection or list of sacred books accepted as genuine:

      the formation of the biblical canon
    • 4. the works of a particular author or artist that are recognized as genuine:

      the Shakespeare canon
      Synonym : (list of) works, writings, oeuvre
    • 5. the list of works considered to be permanently established as being of the highest quality:

      Hopkins was firmly established in the canon of English poetry
    • 6. (in the Roman Catholic Church) the part of the Mass containing the words of consecration.

    • 7. a piece in which the same melody is begun in different parts successively, so that the imitations overlap:

      the very simple rhythmic structure of this double canon two quartets sing in close canon throughout
  3. Variation

    • n.: noun: canon, plural noun: canons

  4. Phrase

    • noun

      a member of the clergy who is on the staff of a cathedral, especially one who is a member of the chapter. The position is frequently conferred as an honorary one:

      (in the Roman Catholic Church) a member of certain orders of clergy that live communally according to an ecclesiastical rule in the same way as monks.

    • noun

      archaic spelling of canyon
    • noun

      a general law, rule, principle, or criterion by which something is judged:

      a Church decree or law:

    • noun

      a member of the clergy who is on the staff of a cathedral, especially one who is a member of the chapter:

      (in the Roman Catholic Church) a member of certain orders of clergy that live communally according to an ecclesiastical rule in the same way as monks.

    • noun

      archaic spelling of canyon
    • noun

      another term for canon cancrizans
    • noun

      a canon in which the theme or subject is repeated backward in the second part.
    • noun

      ecclesiastical law, especially (in the Roman Catholic Church) that laid down by papal pronouncements.
    • with different parts successively beginning the same melody
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