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

- the neoclassical canon

- canons of polite society

Definition categories: communication, prescript, rule

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

Definition categories: person, priest

3. a ravine formed by a river in an area with little rainfall

Similar word(s): canyon

Definition categories: object, ravine

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

Definition categories: communication, composition, opus, piece

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

Definition categories: communication, list, listing

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

Definition categories: communication, scripture

Sentences with canon as a noun:

- The trial must proceed according to the canons of law.

- the entire Shakespeare canon

- We must proceed according to canon law.

- Pachelbel’s Canon has become very popular.

- A spin-off book series revealed the aliens to be originally from Earth, but it's not canon.

- a canon of beef or lamb