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English definition of “canon”

canon

noun [C]  /ˈkæn·ən/ us  
a principle or law, or a set of these, esp. in a Christian church: The canon for lawyers has clear restrictions. music the repetition of a musical pattern after it has been sung or played once, although not always in the same octave or by the same instrument
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