- pertaining to, established by, or conforming to a canon or canons.
- included in the canon of the Bible.
- authorized; recognized; accepted: canonical works.
- Mathematics. (of an equation, coordinate, etc.) in simplest or standard form.
- following the pattern of a musical canon.
- Linguistics. (of a form or pattern) characteristic, general or basic: the canonical form of the past tense; a canonical syllable pattern.
- canonicals, garments prescribed by canon law for clergy when officiating.
Origin of canonical
Examples from the Web for canonicals
Historical Examples of canonicals
Hogarth quarrelled with Churchill, and drew him as a bear in canonicals.Leading Articles on Various Subjects
But when you are out of your canonicals, the case is altered.Red Gauntlet
Sir Walter Scott
The reverend Duche appeared in his canonicals attended by his clerk.The Wonderful Story of Washington
Charles M. Stevens
Soldiers clear a path for Lars Pedersson, who appears in canonicals.Master Olof
The same story is told of Swift and four clergymen dressed in canonicals.Library Notes
A. P. Russell
- the vestments worn by clergy when officiating
- 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)
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.).