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

  • Ecclesiastical The dress prescribed by canon for officiating clergy.

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  • n. Plural form of canonical.
  • n. The dress prescribed by canon to be worn by a clergyman when officiating.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • The dress prescribed by canon{2} to be worn by a clergyman when officiating. Sometimes, any distinctive professional dress.


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  • It all happened very suddenly The bishop of New York, in full canonicals for the early wedding, stepped out on the rear balcony of his mansion, just as the dying sun lit crimson clouds of glory in the East and burned the West.


  • Yet imagine if Mr. Robinson had written Variable Saint, and it was the same story with one detail changed: in this future, it was discovered that the laws of high energy physics required that a Roman Catholic priest in full canonicals, with miter and alb, had to bless the drive core and sprinkle it with holy water out of an aspergillum before it could ignite!

    MIND MELD: Is Science Fiction Antithetical to Religion?

  • Polly had told her where Edwin was, assuring her that Nod had made certain Edwin was respectably disposed, laid out in his Sunday canonicals.

    The Dressmaker

  • Over his usual suit of black canonicals—well brushed and sponged by Connie—he wore his doctoral gown from Cambridge.

    The Dressmaker

  • If ‘the powers that be’ decided to erase ( block ) VC ( or Hostmatters, the host ) from the root servers, at the A,B,C, or D block level, or via canonicals, etc, and thus from authoritative DNS, guess what ?

    The Volokh Conspiracy » A Milestone Day for the Internet?

  • Catholics could have processions with priests in high canonicals, amongst other things.

    Archive 2009-04-01

  • The main areas in which there were problems were: 1. Public processions of Catholics especially where the Host was exhibited and where members of the Catholic clergy dressed in canonicals.

    Archive 2009-04-01

  • But when you are out of your canonicals, the case is altered.


  • Marlowe, locker understandings attaches canonicals incorrectness …

    Think Progress » Much bigger than the Dukestir.

  • Chartres, who, in full canonicals of lawn and purple, went to call

    A Philosophical Dictionary


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