(n.) A law or rule.

(n.) A law, or rule of doctrine or discipline, enacted by a council and confirmed by the pope or the sovereign; a decision, regulation, code, or constitution made by ecclesiastical authority.

(n.) The collection of books received as genuine Holy Scriptures, called the sacred canon, or general rule of moral and religious duty, given by inspiration; the Bible; also, any one of the canonical Scriptures. See Canonical books, under Canonical, a.

(n.) In monasteries, a book containing the rules of a religious order.

(n.) A catalogue of saints acknowledged and canonized in the Roman Catholic Church.

(n.) A member of a cathedral chapter; a person who possesses a prebend in a cathedral or collegiate church.

(n.) A musical composition in which the voices begin one after another, at regular intervals, successively taking up the same subject. It either winds up with a coda (tailpiece), or, as each voice finishes, commences anew, thus forming a perpetual fugue or round. It is the strictest form of imitation. See Imitation.

(n.) The largest size of type having a specific name; -- so called from having been used for printing the canons of the church.

(n.) The part of a bell by which it is suspended; -- called also ear and shank.

(n.) See Carom.

Related Terms:

acknow, acknowledge, acknowledged, acre, acred, anew, anon, bend, bib, bible, carom, cata, catalog, catalogue, cathedra, cathedral, catholic, chap, chapter, char, cod, coda, code, collection, collective, collegiate, commence, confirm, constitution, council, decision, disci, discipline, eccle, ecclesia, ecclesiast, ecclesiastic, ecclesiastical, edged, enact, enacted, finis, finish, fugue, genuine, genus, hank, holy, imitation, inspiration, interval, mona, monas, monasteries, musical, pended, perpetual, pope, prebend, printing, received, regulation, sacre, sacred, sain, saint, scripture, shank, sovereign, spend, spiration, successive, successively, suspend, suspended, tailpiece


corpus juris canonici, deuterocanonical, law, protocanonical, uncanonize

Legal Application:

eccl. law. This word is taken from the Greek, and signifies a rule or law. In ecelesiastical law, it is also used to designate an order of religious persons. Francis Duaren says, the reason why the ecclesiastics called the rules they established canons or rules, (canones id est regulas) and not laws, was modesty. They did not dare to call them (leges) laws, lest they should seem to arrogate to themselves the authority of princes and magistrates. De Sacris Ecclesiae Ministeriis, p. 2, in pref. See Law, Canon.

Related Actions:

agist, ecclesia, ecclesiastic, ecclesiastics, establish, franc, gist, law, magistrate, prince, rules, signa

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