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Canon appears in the following palindromes (phrases that read the same backward as forward):

  • So I darn on, a canon radios.
  • "So I darn on," a Canon radios.
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Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the noun canon:


Canon is sometimes a misspelling of cannon.

Canon (an established set of principles; a basis or standard for judgment; a group of literary works) is considered to be an advanced word, according to the Barron's essential words for the GRE, which includes 800 college- and graduate-level words that frequently appear on the Graduate Record Exam.

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Definition of the noun canon

What does canon mean as a name of something?

noun - plural: canons

  1. a rule or especially body of rules or principles generally established as valid and fundamental in a field of art or philosophy
    • examples: the neoclassical canon | canons of polite society
    • lexical domain: Communicative Processes - nouns denoting communicative processes and contents
    • more generic words: prescript / rule = prescribed guide for conduct or action
  2. a priest who is a member of a cathedral chapter
    • lexical domain: People - nouns denoting people
    • more generic word: priest = a clergyman in Christian churches who has the authority to perform or administer various religious rites
    • more specific word: prebendary = a canon who receives a prebend for serving the church
  3. a ravine formed by a river in an area with little rainfall
  4. a contrapuntal piece of music in which a melody in one part is imitated exactly in other parts
  5. a complete list of saints that have been recognized by the Roman Catholic Church
    • lexical domain: Communicative Processes - nouns denoting communicative processes and contents
    • more generic words: list / listing = a database containing an ordered array of items
  6. a collection of books accepted as holy scripture especially the books of the Bible recognized by any Christian church as genuine and inspired

Alternative definition of the noun canon


  1. A generally accepted principle.
  2. [anchor, literary]A group of literary works that are generally accepted as representing a field.
  3. The works of a writer that have been accepted as authentic.
  4. A eucharistic prayer, particularly, the Roman Canon.
  5. A religious law or body of law decreed by the church.
  6. A member of a cathedral chapter
  7. A piece of music in which the same melody is played by different voices, but beginning at different times.
  8. [context: fandom] Those sources, especially including literary works, which are generally considered authoritative regarding a given fictional universe.


Who is Canon?

Canon a.k.a. Aaron McCain: Canon is a musical artist.


Canon a.k.a. ℃@non is a musical group.


Canon is a brand owned by the Canon Inc.


"Canon" is a short film, directed by Grant Munro & Norman McLaren.

  • country: Canada
  • genre: Animation


  1. "Canon" is a retrospective album by Ani DiFranco which was released on September 11, 2007. It contains songs covering her career to date. DiFranco re-recorded five songs that had been previously released: "Both Hands", "Overlap", "Napoleon", "Shameless" and "Your Next Bold Move".
  2. "Canon" is a composition, cataloged instance.


  1. Canon is a city in Franklin County, Georgia, United States. The population was 755 at the 2000 census.
  2. CANON is a Geocode, Aviation waypoint.

There are other places with in their name, like canon's town, Norton Canon, Canon Slade School.


  1. Canon: In fiction, canon is the material accepted as part of the story in an individual fictional universe. It is often contrasted with, or used as the basis for, works of fan fiction. The term "canon" can be used either as a noun, referring to "the original work from which the fan fiction author borrows," or as an adjective to describe whether certain elements are accepted as authoritative parts of the fictional universe. Fan-fiction would be described as "non-canon," or "fanon," while an event from the official source material would be "canon." The alternative terms mythology and continuity are often used, with the former being especially to refer to a richly detailed fictional canon requiring a large degree of suspension of disbelief.
  2. The canon dates from the 7th century and was either devised or introduced into the Greek language by St. Andrew of Crete, whose penitential Great Canon is still used on certain occasions during Great Lent. It was further developed in the 8th century by Sts. John of Damascus and Cosmas of Jerusalem, and in the 9th century by Sts. Joseph the Hymnographer and Theophanes the Branded.
  3. Canon is a Japanese shōjo manga by Chika Shiomi. The series was originally serialized between 1994 and 1996 in Akita Shoten's manga magazine Mystery EX, and the chapters were compiled into four bound volumes. The series has been licensed by CMX Manga and has released all four volumes in English.
  4. Canon: The definition for canon is very broad; in a general sense it is referring to being a rule or a body of rules. There are definitions that state it as as: “the body of rules, principles, or standards accepted as axiomatic and universally binding in a field of study or art”. This can be related to such topics as literary canons or the canons of rhetoric, which is a topic within itself that describes the rules of giving a speech. There are five key principles, and when grouped together, are the principles set for giving speeches as seen with regards to Rhetoric. This is one such example of how the term canon is used in regards to rhetoric.

Phrases with Canon

Phrases starting with the word Canon:

  1. canon law
  2. Canon Laws

Phrases ending with the word Canon:

  1. Crab canon
  2. enigma canon
  3. riddle canon
  4. Graphium Canon
  5. enigmatic canon
  6. enigmatical canon

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Canon

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Google previewThe Drama of Doctrine (2005)

A Canonical-linguistic Approach to Christian Theology by Kevin J. Vanhoozer

Hence the canon is the supreme norm and measure of dramatic consistency as we seek to assess the fidelity of our...

Canon is a criterion, but not of knowledge only.101 Canon means "list," "fixed measure," and "rule"; it is the norm that ...

Google previewSystematic Theology (2001)

The Triune God by Robert W. Jenson

Perhaps the canon is a disastrously bad list for this purpose: perhaps only other writings not included or no extant writings truly...

Google previewOur Sunday Visitor's Encyclopedia of Catholic History

CANON LAW interesting False Decretals (collections of false canons and decrees of the popes used to falsify the Church's position) and the application of legal arguments by Churchmen that could protect the Church from abuse. Efforts at ...

Google previewFuldstaendigt Dansk og Engelsk haand-lexicon (1824)

udarbeidet efter de bedste og nyeste ordbøger by Christian Friderich Bay

Canon , . Regel) a Canon, Canon (at skyde med) a ...

Google previewA Concise Dictionary of Theology (2000)

by Gerald O'Collins, Edward G. Farrugia

calls those who procure abortion "murderers" ( canon 91). When promoting married love and respect for human life, Vatican II describes infanticide and abortion as "abominable crimes" (GS 51; see also GS 27).

Google previewHistorical Dictionary of Catholicism (2012)

by William J. Collinge

According to canon law, oaths should be taken in “truth, judgment, and justice” ( Canon 1199). This excludes, respectively, false oaths, rash oaths, and oaths attesting what one ought not to say (even though true) or promising what one ought ...

Google previewA new Dictionary of Music (1835)

by Esq. W. WILSON

Canon, the rule for determining intervals by ratios; but the term chiefly relates to the system of composing a perpetual fugue, in which the different parts succeeding each other at certain intervals, incessantly repeat the same melody, according ...

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Quotes about Canon

The mouth of a canon is less dangerous than that of a scandalmonger.
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Scrabble value of C3A1N1O1N1

The value of this 5-letter word is 7 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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