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Oxford dictionary definition of the word canon:
1a general law, rule, principle, or criterion by which something is judged:
the appointment violated the canons of fair play and equal opportunity
a Church decree or law:
a set of ecclesiastical canons
legislation which enables the Church of England General Synod to provide by canon for women to be ordained
2a collection or list of sacred books accepted as genuine:
the biblical canon
the works of a particular author or artist that are recognized as genuine:
the Shakespeare canon
the list of works considered to be permanently established as being of the highest quality:
Hopkins was firmly established in the canon of English poetry
3 (also canon of the Mass) (in the Roman Catholic Church) the part of the Mass containing the words of consecration.
4 Music a piece in which the same melody is begun in different parts successively, so that the imitations overlap:
the very simple rhythmic structure of this double canon
two quartets sing in close canon throughout
Music with different parts successively beginning the same melody.
Old English: from Latin, from Greek kanōn ‘rule’, reinforced in Middle English by Old French canon