[ kan-uhn-ree ]
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noun,plural can·on·ries.
  1. the office or benefice of a canon.

Origin of canonry

First recorded in 1475–85; canon2 + -ry

Words Nearby canonry Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use canonry in a sentence

  • The Dread Arrest had been solemnly recognised, and that wretched canonry at Wareham was irrevocably pronounced for doom.

    The Secret Glory | Arthur Machen
  • He was 67 years of age, and was appointed to his canonry in 1867.

    Norfolk Annals | Charles Mackie
  • They had discussed the priest's canonry, and the order for the crucifix.

    Marzio's Crucifix and Zoroaster | F. Marion Crawford
  • And everybody knows that the author is almost certain to be offered the first vacant canonry in his own cathedral.

    Strange Stories | Grant Allen
  • His activity was so notorious that he was exiled from court, but was consoled by a canonry at Toledo.

British Dictionary definitions for canonry


/ (ˈkænənrɪ) /

nounplural -ries
  1. the office, benefice, or status of a canon

  2. canons collectively

Origin of canonry

C15: from canon ² + -ry

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