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Canon may refer to:


  • Canon (hymnography), a type of Eastern Orthodox hymn
  • Canon (priest), a Christian priest who belongs to one of certain chapters or an Anglican priest granted this title on the staff of a cathedral or for meritorious service.
  • Canon law, the body of laws and regulations made by or adopted by ecclesiastical authority
  • Biblical canon, a list of books considered to be authoritative scripture by a particular religious community
  • Canon of the Mass, the Eucharistic Prayer of the Roman Rite
  • Chinese Buddhist canon, the body of Buddhist literature deemed canonical in Chinese, Japanese, Korean, and Vietnamese Buddhism
  • Daozang or "Taoist Canon", around 1400 texts collected circa C.E. 400
  • Pāli Canon, the standard collection of scriptures in the Theravada Buddhist tradition, as preserved in the Pāli language
  • Penitential canons, religious rules laid down by councils or bishops concerning the penances to be done for various sins
  • Tanakh, sometimes referred to as the Jewish Bible Canon
  • Tibetan Buddhist canon, a loosely defined list of sacred texts recognized by various sects of Tibetan Buddhism



  • Canon (music), the body of historical musical works that are recognized as masterpieces worthy of study and performance
  • Canon (music), a contrapuntal composition which employs a melody with one or more imitations
  • Canon (album), by Ani DiFranco
  • Pachelbel's Canon, the name commonly given to a canon by the German Baroque composer, Johann Pachelbel
  • Canon (rapper), a highly acclaimed Christian rapper.

Visual arts[edit]

  • Aesthetic canon, a rule for the proportions of a human figure
  • Film canon, the limited number of masterpieces by which all other films are judged


Other uses[edit]

  • Canon (game), an online browser-based strategy war game
  • Canon, Georgia, a city
  • Canon of Kings, a dated list of kings used by ancient astronomers as a convenient means to date astronomical phenomena
  • Canon Yaoundé, a Cameroonian association football club
  • Canon(s) in bellfounding - one or more hanging loops cast integrally with the crown in early bells

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