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minor canon

a canon attached to a cathedral or collegiate church, though not necessarily a member of the chapter.
Compare honorary canon.
Origin of minor canon
First recorded in 1670-80 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • Her husband was only a minor canon, and had married her, alas, without a fortune.

    Kept in the Dark

    Anthony Trollope
  • Over there you can see the Griffin who once carried a minor canon on his back.

    The Librarian at Play Edmund Lester Pearson
  • "It is a pity but he had been put to some regular profession," said the minor canon.

  • "Well, I certainly thought it was fifteen," said the minor canon.

    Barchester Towers

    Anthony Trollope
  • Then had come a short engagement, followed by five years of placid, happy marriage with a minor canon of Witanbury Cathedral.

    Good Old Anna Marie Belloc Lowndes
  • It was George Prattleton, the half-brother of the minor canon, but very, very much younger.

  • Crabtree Parva was the name of the small living which Mr Harding had held as a minor canon, and which still belonged to him.

    The Warden

    Anthony Trollope
  • My father occupied it in virtue of his being a minor canon in Norwich Cathedral.

    The Life of George Borrow Herbert Jenkins
  • Had any other minor canon or any other gentleman been coming to tea, the fact would have been announced in a different manner.

    Cousin Henry

    Anthony Trollope
  • The letter was written to the minor canon telling him that the Squire's decision was final.

    Cousin Henry

    Anthony Trollope
British Dictionary definitions for minor canon

minor canon

(Church of England) a clergyman who is attached to a cathedral to assist at daily services but who is not a member of the chapter
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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