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Noun canon has 6 senses
  1. canon - 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"
    --1 is a kind of
    rule, prescript
  2. canon - a priest who is a member of a cathedral chapter
    --2 is a kind of
    --2 has particulars: prebendary
  3. canyon, canon - a ravine formed by a river in an area with little rainfall
    --3 is a kind of ravine
    --3 has parts: canyonside
  4. canon - a contrapuntal piece of music in which a melody in one part is imitated exactly in other parts
    --4 is a kind of
    musical composition, opus, composition, piece, piece of music
    --4 has particulars:
     enigma canon, enigmatic canon, enigmatical canon, riddle canon
  5. canon - a complete list of saints that have been recognized by the Roman Catholic Church
    --5 is a kind of
    list, listing
    Derived forms: verb canonize1, verb canonise2, verb canonize3
  6. canon - a collection of books accepted as holy scripture especially the books of the Bible recognized by any Christian church as genuine and inspired
    --6 is a kind of
    scripture, sacred scripture
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