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▪ Our literary canons have largely been constructed on such Renaissance suppositions.
▪ None of the women who paid her tribute challenged the social and literary canons as she had done.
▪ As an example, Graff raises the relation of a feminist literary canon to more familiar ones.
▪ In doing so the literary canon is forced to change.
▪ As a body they upheld the interpretation of canon law as prohibiting women from this ceremony.
▪ Father Young helped scores of divorced Catholics find a comfortable corner in the Church, but he could not change canon law.
▪ The science of the canon law had been born.
▪ According to canon law, that should be done.
▪ Therefore church law must do it - that is, canon law.
▪ His papal decrees were the foundation of canon law until their update in 1917.
▪ Conditioned by church canon law, participation by clerics in politics was forbidden.
▪ In rabbinic canon law, the rabbi explained, human life does not simply begin at conception.
▪ In the twelfth century the canon lawyers devised an elaborate, and comparatively humane, legal framework for poor relief.
▪ The monks of Canterbury chapter elected Thomas de Cobham, canon lawyer, theologian and royal diplomat.
▪ He has now acted in all 37 plays of the Shakespeare canon.
▪ I knew that I was violating all the canons of journalistic ethics.
▪ A much earlier development than the biblical canon was the evolution of the threefold ministry of bishop, presbyter, and deacon.
▪ And a film and video canon, or standard of excellence, is developing by which to measure theatrical productions of Shakespeare.
▪ As its name implies, it has affinities with Realism, while rejecting its simpler canons.
▪ Clearly the availability of judgments and recent canons and books on procedure made a difference to the judges.
▪ For all of these the canons survive, recording royal involvement or approval.
▪ Institutions form canons and work to maintain hierarchies within them.
▪ Two canons swaggered by from the cathedral, clad in thick woollen robes lined with miniver.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

canon \can"on\ (k[a^]n"[u^]n), n. [OE. canon, canoun, AS. canon rule (cf. F. canon, LL. canon, and, for sense 7, F. chanoine, LL. canonicus), fr. L. canon a measuring line, rule, model, fr. Gr. kanw`n rule, rod, fr. ka`nh, ka`nnh, reed. See Cane, and cf. Canonical.]

  1. A law or rule.

    Or that the Everlasting had not fixed His canon 'gainst self-slaughter.

  2. (Eccl.) 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.

    Various canons which were made in councils held in the second centry.

  3. 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.

  4. In monasteries, a book containing the rules of a religious order.

  5. A catalogue of saints acknowledged and canonized in the Roman Catholic Church.

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

  7. (Mus.) 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.

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

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

    Note: [See Illust. of Bell.]

  10. (Billiards) See Carom.

    Apostolical canons. See under Apostolical.

    Augustinian canons, Black canons. See under Augustinian.

    Canon capitular, Canon residentiary, a resident member of a cathedral chapter (during a part or the whole of the year).

    Canon law. See under Law.

    Canon of the Mass (R. C. Ch.), that part of the mass, following the Sanctus, which never changes.

    Honorary canon, a canon[6] who neither lived in a monastery, nor kept the canonical hours.

    Minor canon (Ch. of Eng.), one who has been admitted to a chapter, but has not yet received a prebend.

    Regular canon (R. C. Ch.), one who lived in a conventual community and followed the rule of St. Austin; a Black canon.

    Secular canon (R. C. Ch.), one who did not live in a monastery, but kept the hours. [1913 Webster] ||

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

"church law," Old English canon, from Old French canon or directly from Late Latin canon "Church law," in classical Latin, "measuring line, rule," from Greek kanon "any straight rod or bar; rule; standard of excellence," perhaps from kanna "reed" (see cane (n.)). Taken in ecclesiastical sense for "decree of the Church." General sense of "standard of judging" is from c.1600. Harold Bloom writes that "The secular canon, with the word meaning a catalog of approved authors, does not actually begin until the middle of the eighteenth century ...." ["The Western Canon," 1994]. Related: Canonicity.


"clergyman," c.1200, from Anglo-French canun, from Old North French canonie (Modern French chanoine), from Church Latin canonicus "clergyman living under a rule," noun use of Latin adjective canonicus "according to rule" (in ecclesiastical use, "pertaining to the canon"), from Greek kanonikos, from kanon "rule" (see canon (n.1)).


n. 1 A generally accepted principle; a rule. 2 (anchor: literary) A group of literary works that are generally accepted as representing a field. 3 The works of a writer that have been accepted as authentic. 4 A eucharistic prayer, particularly the Roman Canon. 5 A religious law or body of law decreed by the church. 6 A catalogue of saints acknowledged and canonized in the Roman Catholic Church. 7 In monasteries, a book containing the rules of a religious order. 8 A member of a cathedral chapter; one who possesses a prebend in a cathedral or collegiate church. 9 A piece of music in which the same melody is played by different voices, but beginning at different times; a round. 10 (context fandom English) Those sources, especially including literary works, which are generally considered authoritative regarding a given fictional universe. 11 (context cookery English) A rolled and filleted loin of meat. 12 (context printing dated English) A large size of type formerly used for printing the church canons, standardized as 48-point. 13 (senseid en bell)The part of a bell by which it is suspended; the ear or shank of a bell. 14 (context billiards English) A carom.

  1. n. 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"

  2. a priest who is a member of a cathedral chapter

  3. a ravine formed by a river in an area with little rainfall [syn: canyon]

  4. a contrapuntal piece of music in which a melody in one part is imitated exactly in other parts

  5. a complete list of saints that have been recognized by the Roman Catholic Church

  6. a collection of books accepted as holy scripture especially the books of the Bible recognized by any Christian church as genuine and inspired

Canon, GA -- U.S. city in Georgia
Population (2000): 755
Housing Units (2000): 361
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Total area (2000): 3.179511 sq. miles (8.234896 sq. km)
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Located within: Georgia (GA), FIPS 13
Location: 34.345576 N, 83.108741 W
ZIP Codes (1990): 30520
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Canon, GA

Canon may refer to:

Canon (fiction)

In fiction, canon is the material accepted as officially part of the story in an individual universe of that story. It is often contrasted with, or used as the basis for, works of fan fiction. The alternative terms mythology, timeline, and continuity are often used, with the former being especially to refer to a richly detailed fictional canon requiring a large degree of suspension of disbelief (e.g. an entire imaginary world and history), while the latter two typically refer to a single arc where all events are directly connected chronologically.

Canon (music)

In music, a canon is a contrapuntal compositional technique or texture that employs a melody with one or more imitations of the melody played after a given duration (e.g., quarter rest, one measure, etc.). The initial melody is called the leader (or dux), while the imitative melody, which is played in a different voice, is called the follower (or comes). The follower must imitate the leader, either as an exact replication of its rhythms and intervals or some transformation thereof (see " Types of canon", below). Repeating canons in which all voices are musically identical are called rounds—" Row, Row, Row Your Boat" and " Frère Jacques" being widely known examples. An example of a classical strict canon is the Minuet of Haydn's String Quartet in D Minor, Op. 76, No. 2 .

Accompanied canon is a canon accompanied by one or more additional independent parts which do not take part in imitating the melody.

Canon (priest)

A canon (from the Latincanonicus, itself derived from the Greek , kanonikós, "relating to a rule", "regular") is a member of certain bodies subject to an ecclesiastical rule.

Originally, a canon was a cleric living with others in a clergy house or, later, in one of the houses within the precinct of or close to a cathedral and conducting his life according to the orders or rules of the church. This way of life grew common (and is first documented) in the eighth century. In the eleventh century, some churches required clergy thus living together to adopt the rule first proposed by Saint Augustine that they renounce private wealth. Those who embraced this change were known as Augustinians or Canons Regular, whilst those who did not were known as secular canons.

Canon (manga)

is a Japanese shōjo manga by . The series was originally serialized between 1994 and 1996 in Akita Shoten's manga magazine Mystery EX, and the chapters were compiled into four bound volumes. The series has been licensed by CMX Manga and has released all four volumes in English.

Canon (album)

Canon is a retrospective album by Ani DiFranco which was released on September 11, 2007. It contains songs covering her career to date. DiFranco re-recorded five songs that had been previously released: "Both Hands", "Overlap", "Napoleon", "Shameless" and "Your Next Bold Move".

The album spans from DiFranco's first studio album, Ani DiFranco, released in 1990, to her then most recent, Reprieve, which was released in 2006. DiFranco personally selected the songs that appear on Canon.

Canon (basic principle)

The concept of canon is very broad; in a general sense it refers to being a rule or a body of rules. There are definitions that state it as: “the body of rules, principles, or standards accepted as axiomatic and universally binding in a field of study or art”. This can be related to such topics as literary canons or the canons of rhetoric, which is a topic within itself that describes the rules of giving a speech. There are five key principles, and when grouped together, are the principles set for giving speeches as seen with regard to Rhetoric. This is one such example of how the term canon is used in regard to rhetoric.

Canon (hymnography)

A canon is a structured hymn used in a number of Eastern Orthodox services. It consists of nine odes, based on the Biblical canticles. Most of these are found in the Old Testament, but the final ode is taken from the Magnificat and Song of Zechariah from the New Testament.

The canon dates from the 7th century and was either devised or introduced into the Greek language by St. Andrew of Crete, whose penitential Great Canon is still used on certain occasions during Great Lent. It was further developed in the 8th century by Sts. John of Damascus and Cosmas of Jerusalem, and in the 9th century by Sts. Joseph the Hymnographer and Theophanes the Branded.

Over time the canon came to replace the kontakion, a vestigal form of which is still used on several occasions and which has been incorporated into the performance of the canon. Each canon develops a specific theme, such as repentance or honouring a particular saint. Sometimes more than one canon can be chanted together, as frequently happens at Matins.

Canon (rapper)

Aaron McCain (born March 1, 1989), better known by his stage name Canon, is an American Christian rap artist from Chicago, Illinois. Canon is best known for his appearance on Lecrae's Rehab: The Overdose and his collaboration with Derek Minor from Reach Records. Canon also was mentored by Lecrae who then took Canon on the road with him to be his full-time hype-man. After touring with Lecrae, Canon signed with Reflection Music Group and recorded his first EP entitled Loose Canon which was released in 2012. In 2014, Canon experience his first taste of success by reaching the Billboard 200 charts with the release of Loose Canon Volume 2.

Canon (film)

Canon is a 1964 National Film Board of Canada animated short co-directed by Norman McLaren and Grant Munro that offers a visual representation of the canon musical form through three animated segments. The soundtrack combines both a recorded classical score by Eldon Rathburn and electronic sounds produced via synthesizer. Canon received a Canadian Film Award "Diploma of Merit" in the Arts and Experimental category.

Canon (canon law)

For the legal system of canons, see Canon law and Canon law (Catholic Church). In Catholic canon law, a canon is a certain rule or norm of conduct or belief prescribed by the Catholic Church. The word "canon" comes from the Greek kanon, which in its original usage denoted a straight rod that was later the instrument used by architects and artificers as a measuring stick for making straight lines. Kanon eventually came to mean a rule or norm, so that when the first ecumentical council— Nicaea I—was held in 325, kanon started to obtain the restricted juridical denotation of a law promulgated by a synod or ecumenical council, as well as that of an individual bishop.

Usage examples of "canon".

Beautiful where it finds something accordant with the Ideal-Form within itself, using this Idea as a canon of accuracy in its decision.

One of the most important problems to be investigated in the history of dogma, and one which unfortunately cannot be completely solved, is to show what necessities led to the setting up of a new canon of Scripture, what circumstances required the appearance of living authorities in the communities, and what relation was established between the apostolic rule of faith, the apostolic canon of Scripture, and the apostolic office.

The minster and its outlying buildings, the library, and the university were destroyed, and only one of three canons remained in residence.

For a time he half believed they had never been there at all, yet he had captured them, tucked them away into whirling little memory spheres and sent them on to the Office of Canon, with copies duly dispatched to the squat, cool fortress that housed the Monody of Science.

Bishop Narve and the young canon who served as his secretary were among the few to be spared, and set themselves to caring for those who were not.

It looked like every outport city on every House-dominated world in Canon.

The Bible represents a fundamental guidepost for millions of people on the planet, in much the same way the Koran, Torah, and Pali Canon offer guidance to people of other religions.

Thus many learned lawyers contributed to the Pandects, many physicians to the Tegni, and it was by this means that Avicenna edited his Canon, and Pliny his great work on Natural History, and Ptolemy the Almagest.

To see the men slaterd, some of them ded, some of them with there legs off, one in partickler with a Canon Ball through his Boddy, there was a hole throught him Big enough to stick your head in.

Around it, in the episcopal purlieus and on the margin of the parvis, lodged the prelates and the canons.

Canon Tallis was obviously familiar with every inch of the place, separating, sorting, explaining, ostensibly to Poly, but also for Adam.

Here, for some reason, the canon and Poly switched into Spanish, so Adam joined them.

Those who had been going on to Geneva and Zurich, with the exception of Canon Tallis and Poly, had left, so it was a smaller group gathered together in the lobby.

Adam sat at a large, round table with Poly and Canon Tallis and five other passengers, so that conversa tion was perforce general, and mostly about the weather.

Canon Tallis stood watching after Poly and Adam as they paddled out into the rain and onto the bus, stood watching until the bus was driven off.