from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Of, relating to, or required by canon law.
- adj. Of or appearing in the biblical canon.
- adj. Conforming to orthodox or well-established rules or patterns, as of procedure.
- adj. Of or belonging to a cathedral chapter.
- adj. Of or relating to a literary canon: a canonical writer like Keats.
- adj. Music Having the form of a canon.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. Present in a canon, religious or otherwise.
- adj. According to recognised or orthodox rules.
- adj. Stated or used in the most basic and straightforwardly applicable manner.
- adj. Prototypical.
- adj. In conformity with canon law.
- adj. In the form of a canon.
- adj. Of or pertaining to an ecclesiastical chapter
- adj. In canonical form.
- n. The formal robes of a priest
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Of the nature of or constituting a canon or rule; accepted as a norm or rule: as, canonical writings.
- Forming a part of the sacred canon. See canon, 3.
- Conformed or conforming to rule; fixed or determined by rule; specifically, regulated by or in accordance with the canons of the church; authorized: as, canonical age; canonical hours.
- [Cf. ML. canonicæ vestes, canonicals.] The dress or habit prescribed by canon to be worn by the clergy when they officiate; hence, the prescribed official costume or decoration of any functionary, as, in English usage, the pouch on the gown of an M.D., the coif of a serjeant-at-law, the lambskin on the hood of a B. A., the strings of an Oxford undergraduate, the tippet on a barrister's gown, proctors' and subproctors' tippets, etc.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. appearing in a biblical canon
- adj. of or relating to or required by canon law
- adj. conforming to orthodox or recognized rules
- adj. reduced to the simplest and most significant form possible without loss of generality
canon + -ical (Wiktionary)