Meaning of “canon” in the English Dictionary

"canon" in British English

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uk /ˈkæn.ən/ us /ˈkæn.ən/

canon noun (PRIEST)

[ C ] mainly UK a Christian priest with special duties in a cathedral

canon noun (STANDARD)

[ C usually plural ] formal or specialized religion a rule, principle, or law, especially in the Christian Church

adjective uk /kəˈnɒn.ɪ.kəl/ us /kəˈnɑː.nɪ.kəl/

(Definition of “canon” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"canon" in American English

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canonnoun [ C ]

us /ˈkæn·ən/

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

(Definition of “canon” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)