A generally accepted principle; a rule.
- The trial must proceed according to the canons of law.
(literary) A group of literary works that are generally accepted as representing a field.
- Or that the Everlasting had not fixed His canon 'gainst self-slaughter.
The works of a writer that have been accepted as authentic.
- (turn into real quote) "the durable canon of American short fiction" — William Styron
A eucharistic prayer, particularly the Roman Canon.
A religious law or body of law decreed by the church.
- the entire Shakespeare canon
A catalogue of saints acknowledged and canonized in the Roman Catholic Church.
In monasteries, a book containing the rules of a religious order.
A member of a cathedral chapter; one who possesses a prebend in a cathedral or collegiate church.
A piece of music in which the same melody is played by different voices, but beginning at different times; a round.
- We must proceed according to canon law.
(fandom) Those sources, especially including literary works, which are generally considered authoritative regarding a given fictional universe.
- Pachelbel’s ''Canon'' has become very popular.
(cookery) A rolled and filleted loin of meat.
- A spin-off book series revealed the aliens to be originally from Earth, but it's not canon .
(printing) The largest size of type with a specific name, formerly used for printing the canons of the church.
(senseid)The part of a bell by which it is suspended; the ear or shank of a bell.
- a canon of beef or lamb
(billiards) A carom.
* canon law
* canonise, canonize
* canonisation, canonization
* daemon, (typically only used today for the sense of 'a Greek or Roman godling' )
* daimon (''typically only used in the sense of 'inner spirit' or 'personal guardian')
An evil spirit.
A fallen angel or Satanic divinity; a false god.
One’s inner spirit or genius, a daimon.
(Greek mythology, Roman mythology) A genius, a lar, the protective spirit or godling of a place, household, or individual.
A foible; a flaw in a person’s character.
Someone of remarkable or diabolical energy or ability.
- The demon of stupidity haunts me whenever I open my mouth.
(figurative) Anything with malevolent effects.
- He’s a demon at the card tables.
- the demon drink
The original Greek and Roman meanings often employ synonyms or the variant spellings daimon' or ' daemon to differentiate them from the more common ecclesiastical sense.
* See also