nounÂ (plural: canons)
- a generally accepted principle.
Etymology:Â from Ancient Greek (polytonic, ) (kanÃ³n) "rule" or "model".
- The trial must proceed according to the canons of law.
- A group of literary works that are generally accepted as representing a field.
- "the durable canon of American short fiction" William Styron.
- The works of a writer that have been accepted as authentic.
- the entire Shakespeare canon
- A Eucharistic Prayer, particularly, the Roman Canon.
- A religious law or body of law decreed by the church.
- We must proceed according to law.
- An ecclesiastical title.
- 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.
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