1. [ noun ] a rule or especially body of rules or principles generally established as valid and fundamental in a field or art or philosophy

: "the neoclassical canon" "canons of polite society"

Related terms: rule
2. [ noun ] (North America) a ravine formed by a river in an area with little rainfall
Synonyms: canyon
Related terms: ravine canyonside North_America
3. [ noun ] (music,fine art) a contrapuntal piece of music in which a melody in one part is imitated exactly in other parts
Related terms: musical_composition enigma_canon
4. [ noun ] (religion,Christianity) a priest who is a member of a cathedral chapter
Related terms: priest prebendary
5. [ noun ] (Roman Catholic) a complete list of saints that have been recognized by the Roman Catholic Church
Related terms: list beatify
6. [ noun ] Last name, frequency rank in the U.S. is 8214
7. [ noun ] (religion,Bible,writing) a collection of books accepted as holy scripture especially the books of the Bible recognized by any Christian church as genuine and inspired
Related terms: scripture
Similar spelling:   cannon