[kan-uh n-ree]

noun, plural can·on·ries.

the office or benefice of a canon.

Origin of canonry

First recorded in 1475–85; canon2 + -ry Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for canonry

Historical Examples of canonry

  • 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

the office, benefice, or status of a canon
canons collectively

Word Origin for canonry

C15: from canon ² + -ry
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