canon canon  /ˈkæ nən/


  1. (n) a rule or especially body of rules or principles generally established as valid and fundamental in a field or art or philosophy
  2. (n) a priest who is a member of a cathedral chapter
  3. (n) a ravine formed by a river in an area with little rainfall
  4. (n) a contrapuntal piece of music in which a melody in one part is imitated exactly in other parts
  5. (n) a complete list of saints that have been recognized by the Roman Catholic Church
  6. (n) a collection of books accepted as holy scripture especially the books of the Bible recognized by any Christian church as genuine and inspired

Derived Word(s)


  1. People opposed to canon argue that it is a set of rules that are invoked only when it suits the clergy.
  2. Press reports say that the Bishops' policy on sexually abusive priests is likely to change and will now conform to the church's canon laws.
  3. The inheritors of the canon of folk art have also been bequeathed a great responsibility.


  1. Royal Gorge Fire near Canon City moving away from populated area

    CANON CITY, Colo.—A wildfire in and around Royal Gorge Bridge & Park has destroyed 20 structures, including some within the park.
    on June 12, 2013     Source: Boulder Daily Camera

  2. Canon U.S.A. Introduces The EVERCAM XU-81 And EVERCAM XU-81 W, Full HD Robotic Remote-Control Pan-Tilt-Zoom Indoor ...

    Building on the success of its line of cost-effective, remote-control HD pan-tilt-zoom cameras, Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, has introduced the durable EVERCAM XU-81 and EVERCAM XU-81 W cameras, which provide improved image resolution, color reproduction, and Canon Auto Focus precision over previous models
    on June 12, 2013     Source: DigitalBroadcastingcom

  3. Canon U.S.A. Showcases Innovative New Projectors and HD Cameras at InfoComm 2013

    Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, will exhibit innovative new projection and HD camera products at InfoComm 2013, at the Orange County Convention Center from June 12-14, in Orlando, FL.
    on June 10, 2013     Source: Business Wire via Yahoo! Finance


  1. "On several occasions I have personally reiterated that such serious issues should be attended to by both civil and canon law, with respect for their reciprocal specificity and autonomy," Benedict said in a statement.
    on Jun 27, 2010 By: Pope Benedict XVI Source: PoliJAM (blog)

  2. "In accordance with (Canon law) I submit to your Holiness my resignation as the Metropolitan Archbishop of Warsaw," said Wielgus, who on Friday backed down from repeated denials that he collaborated with the secret services during the communist era.
    on Jan 7, 2007 By: Stanislaw Wielgus Source: Reuters

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