canons regular


plural noun

See under canon2(def 2).

Words nearby canons regular

Origin of canons regular

Middle English word dating back to 1350–1400

Definition for canons regular (2 of 2)

canon2
[ kan-uh n ]
/ ˈkæn ən /

noun

one of a body of dignitaries or prebendaries attached to a cathedral or a collegiate church; a member of the chapter of a cathedral or a collegiate church.
Roman Catholic Church. one of the members (canons regular) of certain religious orders.

Origin of canon

2
1150–1200; Middle English; back formation from Old English canōnic (one) under rule < Medieval Latin canōnicus, Latin: of or under rule < Greek kanōnikós. See canon1, -ic
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British Dictionary definitions for canons regular (1 of 3)

cañon
/ (ˈkænjən) /

noun

a variant spelling of canyon

British Dictionary definitions for canons regular (2 of 3)

canon1
/ (ˈkænən) /

noun

Word Origin for canon

Old English, from Latin, from Greek kanōn rule, rod for measuring, standard; related to kanna reed, cane 1

British Dictionary definitions for canons regular (3 of 3)

canon2
/ (ˈkænən) /

noun

one of several priests on the permanent staff of a cathedral, who are responsible for organizing services, maintaining the fabric, etc
Also called: canon regular RC Church a member of either of two religious orders, the Augustinian or Premonstratensian Canons, living communally as monks but performing clerical duties

Word Origin for canon

C13: from Anglo-French canunie, from Late Latin canonicus one living under a rule, from canon 1
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