Definition of canon noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈkænən//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈkænən//
    Pieces of music
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  1. 1 a Christian priest with special duties in a cathedral
  2. 2(formal) a generally accepted rule, standard or principle by which something is judged the canons of good taste market sovereignty, the central canon of Thatcherism
  3. 3 a 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 ‘Wuthering Heights’ is a central book in the canon of English literature.
  4. 4 a piece of music in which singers or instruments take it in turns to repeat the melody (= tune) a canon for tenor and bass See related entries: Pieces of music
  5. Word Originsenses 2 to 4 Old English: from Latin, from Greek kanōn ‘rule’, reinforced in Middle English by Old French canon.sense 1 Middle English (in the sense ‘regular’): from Old French canonie, from Latin canonicus ‘according to rule’ from Greek kanonikos, from kanon ‘rule’.
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