sacred canon
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. [1913 Webster]

Or that the Everlasting had not fixed His canon 'gainst self-slaughter. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

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. [1913 Webster]

Various canons which were made in councils held in the second centry. --Hook. [1913 Webster]

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. [1913 Webster]

4. In monasteries, a book containing the rules of a religious order. [1913 Webster]

5. A catalogue of saints acknowledged and canonized in the Roman Catholic Church. [1913 Webster]

6. A member of a cathedral chapter; a person who possesses a prebend in a cathedral or collegiate church. [1913 Webster]

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}. [1913 Webster]

8. (Print.) The largest size of type having a specific name; -- so called from having been used for printing the canons of the church. [1913 Webster]

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

Note: [See Illust. of {Bell}.] --Knight. [1913 Webster]

10. (Billiards) See {Carom}. [1913 Webster]

{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] ||


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • Sacred canon — Sacred Sa cred, a. [Originally p. p. of OE. sacren to consecrate, F. sacrer, fr. L. sacrare, fr. sacer sacred, holy, cursed. Cf. {Consecrate}, {Execrate}, {Saint}, {Sexton}.] 1. Set apart by solemn religious ceremony; especially, in a good sense …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Canon of the Old Testament — • Signifies the authoritative list or closed number of the writings composed under Divine inspiration, and destined for the well being of the Church Catholic Encyclopedia. Kevin Knight. 2006. Canon of the Old Testament      …   Catholic encyclopedia

  • Canon of the New Testament — • The idea of a complete and clear cut canon of the New Testament existing from the beginning, that is from Apostolic times, has no foundation in history Catholic Encyclopedia. Kevin Knight. 2006. Canon of the New Testament      …   Catholic encyclopedia

  • Sacred — Sa cred, a. [Originally p. p. of OE. sacren to consecrate, F. sacrer, fr. L. sacrare, fr. sacer sacred, holy, cursed. Cf. {Consecrate}, {Execrate}, {Saint}, {Sexton}.] 1. Set apart by solemn religious ceremony; especially, in a good sense, made… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Sacred baboon — Sacred Sa cred, a. [Originally p. p. of OE. sacren to consecrate, F. sacrer, fr. L. sacrare, fr. sacer sacred, holy, cursed. Cf. {Consecrate}, {Execrate}, {Saint}, {Sexton}.] 1. Set apart by solemn religious ceremony; especially, in a good sense …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Sacred bean — Sacred Sa cred, a. [Originally p. p. of OE. sacren to consecrate, F. sacrer, fr. L. sacrare, fr. sacer sacred, holy, cursed. Cf. {Consecrate}, {Execrate}, {Saint}, {Sexton}.] 1. Set apart by solemn religious ceremony; especially, in a good sense …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Sacred beetle — Sacred Sa cred, a. [Originally p. p. of OE. sacren to consecrate, F. sacrer, fr. L. sacrare, fr. sacer sacred, holy, cursed. Cf. {Consecrate}, {Execrate}, {Saint}, {Sexton}.] 1. Set apart by solemn religious ceremony; especially, in a good sense …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Sacred fish — Sacred Sa cred, a. [Originally p. p. of OE. sacren to consecrate, F. sacrer, fr. L. sacrare, fr. sacer sacred, holy, cursed. Cf. {Consecrate}, {Execrate}, {Saint}, {Sexton}.] 1. Set apart by solemn religious ceremony; especially, in a good sense …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Sacred ibis — Sacred Sa cred, a. [Originally p. p. of OE. sacren to consecrate, F. sacrer, fr. L. sacrare, fr. sacer sacred, holy, cursed. Cf. {Consecrate}, {Execrate}, {Saint}, {Sexton}.] 1. Set apart by solemn religious ceremony; especially, in a good sense …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Sacred monkey — Sacred Sa cred, a. [Originally p. p. of OE. sacren to consecrate, F. sacrer, fr. L. sacrare, fr. sacer sacred, holy, cursed. Cf. {Consecrate}, {Execrate}, {Saint}, {Sexton}.] 1. Set apart by solemn religious ceremony; especially, in a good sense …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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