canonical canonical  /kə ˈnɑ nə kəl/


  1. (adj) appearing in a biblical canon
  2. (adj) of or relating to or required by canon law
  3. (adj) reduced to the simplest and most significant form possible without loss of generality
  4. (adj) conforming to orthodox or recognized rules



  1. A surprising number are canonical poets: Dryden, Johnson, Cowper, Blake, Wordsworth, and Coleridge, among others.
  2. Don Carlos, in high good humor, had signed the necessary canonical consent for the union, then appeared benevolently at the bridegroom's traditional banquet on the wedding eve.
  3. In Roman Gaul, snails were served as dessert, and in medieval Europe they were raised by convents and monasteries as canonical food for Lent.


  1. Chromium to be default browser in Ubuntu 13.10?

     Linux User: Canonical are discussing the possibility of replacing Firefox with Chromium in the next version of Ubuntu
    on June 13, 2013     Source: Linux Today

  2. A Loaded Bible Story, Tweaked For The Opera Stage

    Composer Mark Adamo has made his mark turning classic books, including Little Women and the Greek drama Lysistrata, into operas. His latest, The Gospel of Mary Magdalene, covers more sensitive territory, examining the titular figure's relationship to Jesus — outside the canonical Bible.
    on June 13, 2013     Source: NPR

  3. What Makes a Community Distro?

    FOSS Force: Ms Hall feigned surprise right back, while asserting Ubuntu to never having been a community Linux distro, despite Mr. Shuttleworth and Canonical calling it so.
    on June 11, 2013     Source: Linux Today


  1. Jefferts Schori wrote Duncan: "If your course does not change, I shall regrettably be compelled to see that appropriate canonical steps are promptly taken to consider whether you have abandoned the Communion of this Church."
    on Nov 2, 2007 By: Katharine Jefferts Schori Source: Tribune Review

  2. "Canonical is proud to partner with IBM to help open up the American corporate desktop through Ubuntu," said Mark Shuttleworth, founder of Ubuntu and CEO of Canonical. "IBM's smart client package running on Ubuntu will allow US organizations...
    on Oct 20, 2009 By: Mark Shuttleworth Source: Reuters

  3. "I have no canonical authority to prevent these things, but I would simply repeat what was said in my advent letter (in December), to the effect that I cannot support or sanction such actions," Williams wrote the Canadian archbishops.
    on Jan 22, 2008 By: Rowan Williams Source: Reuters UK

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