canonical

[kuh-non-i-kuh l]
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adjective Also ca·non·ic.

noun

canonicals, garments prescribed by canon law for clergy when officiating.

Origin of canonical

1150–1200; Middle English (< Anglo-French) < Medieval Latin canōnicālis, equivalent to canōnic(us) (see canon2) + -ālis -al1
Related formsca·non·i·cal·ly, adverbsu·per·ca·non·i·cal, adjective
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canonicals

pl n

the vestments worn by clergy when officiating

canonical

canonic

adjective

belonging to or included in a canon of sacred or other officially recognized writings
belonging to or in conformity with canon law
according to recognized law; accepted
music in the form of a canon
of or relating to a cathedral chapter
of or relating to a canon (clergyman)
Derived Formscanonically, adverb
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Word Origin and History for canonicals

canonical

adj.

early 15c., from Medieval Latin canonicalis, from Late Latin canonicus "according to rule," in Church Latin, "pertaining to the canon" (see canon (n.2)). Earlier was canonial (early 13c.).

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