Meaning of canonical

ca•non•i•cal

Pronunciation: (ku-non'i-kul), [key]
— adj.
  1. pertaining to, established by, or conforming to a canon or canons.
  2. included in the canon of the Bible.
  3. authorized; recognized; accepted: canonical works.
  4. (of an equation, coordinate, etc.) in simplest or standard form.
  5. following the pattern of a musical canon.
  6. (of a form or pattern) characteristic, general or basic: the canonical form of the past tense; a canonical syllable pattern.
—n.
  1. garments prescribed by canon law for clergy when officiating.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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