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

First recorded in 1475–85; canon2 + -ry
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Related Words

priesthood, ministry, pastorate, cardinalate, rabbinate, conclave, prelacy, canonicate, canonry, deaconry, diaconate

Examples from the Web for canonry

Historical Examples

  • His living was in Cornwall, but he added to it a canonry at Bristol.

    Old Picture Books

    Alfred W. Pollard

  • In 1770 he was promoted from a canonry at Christchurch, to the deanery of Canterbury.


    George Bryan

  • He was 67 years of age, and was appointed to his canonry in 1867.

    Norfolk Annals

    Charles Mackie

  • Accordingly, he retired to Florence, where he held a canonry in the cathedral.

  • They had discussed the priest's canonry, and the order for the crucifix.

British Dictionary definitions for canonry


noun plural -ries
  1. the office, benefice, or status of a canon
  2. canons collectively
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Word Origin

C15: from canon ² + -ry
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