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A.Word.A.Daywith Anu Garg
1. Authorized; recognized.
2. Religion: Relating to canon law.
3. Art: Relating to a particular artist's works established as authentic and complete.
4. Literature: Relating to a list of literary works permanently established as having highest merit.
5. Math: In simplest or standard form.
6. Music: Relating to a piece of music in which a melody is played by different overlapping voices. Example: Pachelbel's Canon.
ETYMOLOGY:From Latin canon (measuring rod, rule), from Greek kanon (rule).
USAGE:"Shakespeare, Shaw, Ibsen, and heaven knows what other canonical heavyweights one might care to name?"
Matt Wolf; Newcomers Who Stole the Show; The New York Times; Dec 29, 2009.
"Watching John Mighton's play [Half Life] a second time, I found myself wondering how many drafts it must have gone through before reaching its canonical form."
Robert Cushman; Welcome Back to T.O.; Financial Post (Canada); Jan 20, 2007.
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A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:What can be asserted without evidence can be dismissed without evidence. -Christopher Hitchens, author and journalist (b. 1949)