- An ecclesiastical law or code of laws established by a church council. (noun)
- A secular law, rule, or code of law. (noun)
- An established principle: the canons of polite society. (noun)
- A basis for judgment; a standard or criterion. (noun)
- The books of the Bible officially accepted as Holy Scripture. (noun)
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