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)

[ kan-uh n ]
/ ˈkæn ən /


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

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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

British Dictionary definitions for canons regular (1 of 3)

/ (ˈkænjən) /


a variant spelling of canyon

British Dictionary definitions for canons regular (2 of 3)

/ (ˈkænən) /


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)

/ (ˈkænən) /


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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