- a rule or especially body of rules or principles generally established as valid and fundamental in a field or art or philosophy
"the neoclassical canon"
"canons of polite society"
- a complete list of saints that have been recognized by the Roman Catholic Church
- The energy of his lines and the rawness of his strokes place him firmly in the modern art canon.
- This canon of European and German transport policy is echoed in the investments at issue in the current case.