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Definition: Secular canon
(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
, and cf. Canonical
1. A law or rule.
Or that the Everlasting had not fixed
His canon 'gainst self-slaughter. --Shak.
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
Various canons which were made in councils held in
the second centry. --Hook.
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
4. In monasteries, a book containing the rules of a religious
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
Note: [See Illust. of Bell
10. (Billiards) See Carom
. See under Apostolical
, Black canons
. See under
, Canon residentiary
, a resident member of
a cathedral chapter (during a part or the whole of the
. See under Law
Canon of the Mass
(R. C. Ch.), that part of the mass,
following the Sanctus, which never changes.
, a canon who neither lived in a
monastery, nor kept the canonical hours.
(Ch. of Eng.), one who has been admitted to a
chapter, but has not yet received a prebend.
(R. C. Ch.), one who lived in a conventual
community and followed the rule of St. Austin; a Black
(R. C. Ch.), one who did not live in a
monastery, but kept the hours.
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