Definition of "canon" []

  • 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)
  • A Church decree enacted to regulate morals or religious practices (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

  • A general rule or standard, as of judgment, morals, etc (noun)
  • A principle or accepted criterion applied in a branch of learning or art (noun)
  • The complete list of the canonized saints (noun)
  • The prayer in the Mass in which the Host is consecrated (noun)
  • A list of writings, esp sacred writings, officially recognized as genuine (noun)
  • A piece of music in which an extended melody in one part is imitated successively in one or more other parts (noun)
  • A list of the works of an author that are accepted as authentic (noun)
  • (formerly) a size of printer's type equal to 48 point (noun) (c) HarperCollins Publishers Ltd 2016

Use "canon" in a sentence
  • "The word canon, in classical Greek, is properly a straight rod, "a rule" in the widest sense, and especially in the phrases "the rule of the Church," "the rule of faith," "the rule of truth," The first direct application of the term canon to the Scriptures seems to be in the verses of Amphilochius"
  • "We kneel in reverence for the eucharistic prayer, also called the canon, a Greek word meaning “standard,” or “rule of measure.”"
  • "The Spirit speaks in the canon of Scripture (the word canon is derived from Hebrew, "kaneh," "a reed," the word here used; and John it was who completed the canon)."