adjective Also ca·non·ic.
Origin of canonical
Examples from the Web for canonicals
The reverend Duche appeared in his canonicals attended by his clerk.The Wonderful Story of Washington|Charles M. Stevens
The same story is told of Swift and four clergymen dressed in canonicals.Library Notes|A. P. Russell
Then with a courteous shake of the hand, stately as though he were a bishop in canonicals, Arnold Jackson took leave of his guest.The Trembling of a Leaf|William Somerset Maugham
"No, I think not," replied Mr. Priddon, who was already in his canonicals.Elster's Folly|Mrs. Henry Wood
The Church has nothing left but temples and shrines and canonicals and vestments and words.My Religion|Leo Tolstoy
British Dictionary definitions for canonicals (1 of 2)
British Dictionary definitions for canonicals (2 of 2)
Word Origin and History for canonicals
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.).