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Definition of canon noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 1(formal) a generally accepted rule, standard, or principle by which something is judged the canons of good taste “trickle-down” economics, the central canon of Reaganism
  2. 2a list of the books or other works that are generally accepted as the genuine work of a particular writer or as being important the Shakespeare canon “The House of Mirth” is a central book in the canon of American literature.
  3. 3a piece of music in which singers or instruments take turns repeating the melody (= tune) a canon for tenor and bass
  4. 4a Christian priest with special duties in a cathedral
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