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CANON

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does canon mean? 

CANON (noun)
  The noun CANON has 6 senses:

1. a rule or especially body of rules or principles generally established as valid and fundamental in a field or art or philosophy
2. a priest who is a member of a cathedral chapter
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
6. a collection of books accepted as holy scripture especially the books of the Bible recognized by any Christian church as genuine and inspired

  Familiarity information: CANON used as a noun is common.


 Dictionary entry details 


CANON (noun)


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Meaning:

A rule or especially body of rules or principles generally established as valid and fundamental in a field or art or philosophy

Classified under:

Nouns denoting communicative processes and contents

Context examples:

the neoclassical canon / canons of polite society

Hypernyms ("canon" is a kind of...):

prescript; rule (prescribed guide for conduct or action)


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Meaning:

A priest who is a member of a cathedral chapter

Classified under:

Nouns denoting people

Hypernyms ("canon" is a kind of...):

priest (a clergyman in Christian churches who has the authority to perform or administer various religious rites; one of the Holy Orders)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "canon"):

prebendary (a canon who receives a prebend for serving the church)


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Meaning:

A ravine formed by a river in an area with little rainfall

Classified under:

Nouns denoting natural objects (not man-made)

Synonyms:

canyon; canon

Hypernyms ("canon" is a kind of...):

ravine (a deep narrow steep-sided valley (especially one formed by running water))

Meronyms (parts of "canon"):

canyonside (the steeply sloping side of a canyon)

Domain region:

North America (a continent (the third largest) in the western hemisphere connected to South America by the Isthmus of Panama)


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Meaning:

A contrapuntal piece of music in which a melody in one part is imitated exactly in other parts

Classified under:

Nouns denoting communicative processes and contents

Hypernyms ("canon" is a kind of...):

composition; musical composition; opus; piece; piece of music (a musical work that has been created)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "canon"):

enigma canon; enigmatic canon; enigmatical canon; riddle canon (a canon in which the entrances of successive parts were indicated by cryptic symbols and devices (popular in the 15th and 16th centuries))


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Meaning:

A complete list of saints that have been recognized by the Roman Catholic Church

Classified under:

Nouns denoting communicative processes and contents

Hypernyms ("canon" is a kind of...):

list; listing (a database containing an ordered array of items (names or topics))


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Meaning:

A collection of books accepted as holy scripture especially the books of the Bible recognized by any Christian church as genuine and inspired

Classified under:

Nouns denoting communicative processes and contents

Hypernyms ("canon" is a kind of...):

sacred scripture; scripture (any writing that is regarded as sacred by a religious group)


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