Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The office or dignity of a canon.
  • n. Canons considered as a group.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The office of a canon; a benefice or prebend in a cathedral or collegiate church.
  • n. Canons considered as a group.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n.pl. A benefice or prebend in a cathedral or collegiate church; a right to a place in chapter and to a portion of its revenues; the dignity or emoluments of a canon.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The benefice filled by a canon.

Etymologies

From canon +‎ -ry. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • He was known to be a member of the Warmia canonry.

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  • In 1558 he was granted a canonry in the collegiate church of Tournai and at the time of his death he held numerous prebends.

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  • From 1527 to 1548 he held a canonry at Ljubljana Cathedral, from 28 December 1529 another at Zagreb Cathedral, and from 18 July 1531 the living of Laas near Kocevje, Slovenia.

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  • More useful was Le Sauvage's gift of a canonry in the cathedral at Courtrai, which Erasmus could exchange for an annual pension.

    Desiderius Erasmus

  • A papal nephew was appointed to a vacant canonry at Lincoln and Grosseteste refused to allow the nephew to be appointed to the benefice.

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  • Heinrich Schopenhauer, although deprecating these tendencies, considered the question of purchasing a canonry for his son, but ultimately gave up the idea on the score of expense.

    Essays of Schopenhauer

  • Messer Antonio intended to make a priest of him, and in time would have inducted him into his canonry and other benefices, and all his instruction was given with this object; but

    The life of Castruccio Castracani of Lucca

  • "I," said he of the Grove, "shall be satisfied with a canonry for my services, and my master has already assigned me one."

    Don Quixote

  • I was in the service of the prior of Hyde Abbey, a lay clerk, when this mortal sickness came on me, and I took this vow of mine to spend my remaining days in the canonry of Aberdaron.

    The Pilgrim of Hate

  • The notary of Saint Elix deserves a canonry in the Chapter of Charenton; it is not the Marquis de Montespan who is dead; they have played a trick on you.

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