• Canon Definition & Synonyms
- (n.) A law, or rule of doctrine or discipline, enacted by a council and confirmed by the pope or the sovereign; a decision, regulation, code, or constitution made by ecclesiastical authority.
- (n.) The part of a bell by which it is suspended; -- called also ear and shank.
- (n.) A law or rule.
- (n.) The largest size of type having a specific name; -- so called from having been used for printing the canons of the church.
- (n.) In monasteries, a book containing the rules of a religious order.
- (n.) A member of a cathedral chapter; a person who possesses a prebend in a cathedral or collegiate church.
- (n.) A musical composition in which the voices begin one after another, at regular intervals, successively taking up the same subject. It either winds up with a coda (tailpiece), or, as each voice finishes, commences anew, thus forming a perpetual fugue or round. It is the strictest form of imitation. See Imitation.
- (n.) A catalogue of saints acknowledged and canonized in the Roman Catholic Church.
- (n.) See Carom.
- (n.) The collection of books received as genuine Holy Scriptures, called the sacred canon, or general rule of moral and religious duty, given by inspiration; the Bible; also, any one of the canonical Scriptures. See Canonical books, under Canonical, a.
• Canonically Definition & Synonyms
- (adv.) In a canonical manner; according to the canons.
• Canonize Definition & Synonyms
- (v. t.) To declare (a deceased person) a saint; to put in the catalogue of saints; as, Thomas a Becket was canonized.
- (v. t.) To rate as inspired; to include in the canon.
- (v. t.) To glorify; to exalt to the highest honor.