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definition of the word canon

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From Ancient Greek κανών (kanón), rule, model), from Arabic, قانون (qanoon), law, mandate).



canon (plural canons)

  1. A generally accepted principle.
    The trial must proceed according to the canons of law.
  2. A group of literary works that are generally accepted as representing a field.
    (A date for this quote is being sought): "the durable canon of American short fiction" — William Styron
  3. The works of a writer that have been accepted as authentic.
    the entire Shakespeare canon
  4. A eucharistic prayer, particularly, the Roman Canon.
  5. A religious law or body of law decreed by the church.
    We must proceed according to canon law.
  6. An ecclesiastical title.
  7. A piece of music in which the same melody is played by different voices, but beginning at different times.
    Pachelbel’s Canon has become very popular.
  8. (fandom) Those sources, especially including literary works, which are generally considered authoritative regarding a given fictional universe.

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