Definition of canonical adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈnɒnɪkl//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈnɑːnɪkl//
    (also canonic) Describing a story
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  1. 1 included in a list of holy books that are accepted as genuine; connected with works of literature that are highly respected See related entries: Describing a story
  2. 2 according to the law of the Christian Church canonical rules
  3. 3(specialist) in the simplest accepted form in mathematics the standard canonical form for a matrix
  4. Word Originlate Middle English: from medieval Latin canonicalis, from Latin canonicus ‘canonical’, from Greek kanonikos, from kanon ‘rule’.
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