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What does canon mean?
A canon is a group of works that contributes to the advancement of a field of study or to an artistic period. Shakespeare’s plays and poetry are considered a part of the canon of English literature, for example.
Related to that, canon is also agreed-upon or established constraints within a fictional world, such as vampires being harmed by sunlight.
A canon is also a religious rule put in place by someone of authority. In the Roman Catholic Church, for example, rules approved by the pope are considered canon.
The body of all the religious laws is also called a canon.
Example: The official canon of this writer has 30 works, but some people believe that she wrote over 100 in her lifetime.
Where does canon come from?
The first records of the term canon come from before the 900s. It ultimately comes from the Greek kanṓn, meaning “measuring rod, rule.” Often canon can refer to a set of rules or a collection of works that dictate the rules.
In Christian faiths, the canon most often refers to the works agreed to make up the sacred scriptures. In Roman Catholicism, these works are approved by the pope.
In modern literature, canon can describe all works of fiction that are officially said to create a fictional world. For example, most movies, novels, and comics that take place in the Star Wars universe are considered canon. They follow the official timeline and the established constraints of the universe. Works that don’t follow the timeline or rules of the universe are not considered canon, however. Many fans of a fictional universe are particular about whether a work is canon or not.
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Canon is frequently used to discuss rules or laws, but it’s also used frequently to discuss a collection of works in a field.
Santa, Dumbledore, and Gandalf all exist in the same universe. They’re brothers who’ve each chosen very different but equally benevolent paths. This is canon.
— Mark Hoppus (@markhoppus) December 24, 2017
Confirmed: the story of Star Wars Battlefront II will be canon in the Star Wars universe!
— PlayStation (@PlayStation) April 15, 2017
In 367 the Christian canon of Scripture was formally determined by Athanasius. #ChurchHistory
— Brian Zahnd (@BrianZahnd) November 26, 2012
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The latest Star Wars cartoon is not canon because it changes how Darth Vader dies.
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Barrett several times told Democrats that her refusal to endorse certain decisions of the court did not mean they were endangered and said such questioners were pushing her to violate judicial canons of ethics and impartiality.To Democrats’ frustration, GOP predicts clear sailing as Barrett testimony ends|Robert Barnes, Seung Min Kim, Ann Marimow|October 15, 2020|Washington Post
Ai and his companion Estraven spend much of the novel trekking across a desolated and dangerous ice sheet, in scenes that would fit in among the best of the outdoor adventure canon.
Commissioning new works, taking them to the streets, reimagining the classical canon, and continuing to perform and listen to the Fifth anew all are part of an effort for classical institutions and audiences to move forward while honoring the past.
Such real-time data is a welcome addition to the slower, monthly or quarterly pace of most official releases that make up the canon of important lagging indicators.How The Experts Are Measuring The Economic Recovery|Neil Paine (email@example.com)|July 15, 2020|FiveThirtyEight
During the late 15th century, canons were mostly of rudimentary make with their antediluvian mechanism allowing for a very slow rate of fire.14 Exceptional Weapon Systems from History That Were Ahead of their Time|Dattatreya Mandal|March 26, 2020|Realm of History
An examination of some of the rumors surrounding the newest entry in the Star Wars canon.Juiciest ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ Rumors (and Some Debunked Ones)|Rich Goldstein|January 3, 2015|DAILY BEAST
His Canon camera dangled by his side and the feeling of uncertainty over what he could now report punctuated everything he said.
The rule is that every time a new writer enters the canon an old one has to get the boot.
When he gets his hands on a Canon copier, the reader gets a glimpse into the unique fashion in which his mind works.
If you look at said canon, you will notice that most of them are terribly written.Gamers Want to Game: Video Games Aren't Blockbuster Movies|Alec Kubas-Meyer|August 28, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Dr. Adam Weishaupt, professor of canon law at Ingolstadt, founded the secret society of the illuminati.
But Canon Drivel's daughter did not deign to answer, she merely rang for prayers.
Mrs. Dodd opened the book—her father, the Canon's, well-known book of Family Prayers.
Brooding over such thoughts as these, Alessandro went up into the canon one morning.Ramona|Helen Hunt Jackson
The celebrated Kepler discovered his canon for the periodical motion of the planets.