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canonnoun [C]

 us   /ˈkæn·ən/
a ​principle or ​law, or a set of these, esp. in a ​Christianchurch: The canon for ​lawyers has ​clear restrictions. music the ​repetition of a ​musicalpattern after it has been ​sung or ​playedonce, ​although not always in the same ​octave or by the same ​instrument
(Definition of canon from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)







"canon" in British English

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canonnoun

uk   us   /ˈkæn.ən/
  • canon noun (PRIEST)

[C] mainly UK a ​Christianpriest with ​specialduties in a cathedral
  • canon noun (STANDARD)

[C usually plural] formal or specialized religion a ​rule, ​principle, or ​law, ​especially in the ​Christian Church
  • canon noun (WRITINGS)

[C usually singular] specialized literature all the writings or other ​worksknown to be by a ​particularperson: the Shakespearean canon
canonical
adjective uk   /kəˈnɒn.ɪ.kəl/  us   /-ˈnɑː.nɪ-/
(Definition of canon from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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