Definitions for "canon"
A law or rule.
The collection of books received as genuine Holy Scriptures, called the sacred canon, or general rule of moral and religious duty, given by inspiration; the Bible; also, any one of the canonical Scriptures. See Canonical books, under Canonical, a.
In monasteries, a book containing the rules of a religious order.
A musical composition in which the voices begin one after another, at regular intervals, successively taking up the same subject. It either winds up with a coda (tailpiece), or, as each voice finishes, commences anew, thus forming a perpetual fugue or round. It is the strictest form of imitation. See Imitation.
A contrapuntal piece of music in which the melody sung by one voice is repeated by others, each of them entering before the previous one has finished. A famous operatic example is the quartet s'appressan gl'isante in Verdi's Nabucco.
Composition or passage in which a melody is imitated by one or more voices at fixed intervals of pitch and time.
Keywords:  fanon, joss, plotline, buffy, fandom
Canon is what happens on the screen. So it's canon that Giles has said, for example, that a vampire is not a person. It's NOT canon that Giles was either (1) right or (2) telling the truth. The Buffyverse canon is still open, which means that Joss and his writing staff get to reinvent and reinterpret and retcon canon at will - this happens all the time. They've made many changes in the mythology (for one tiny example, Spike's age). In the Giles example, he could (1) change his mind, (2) reveal that he was spouting CoW propaganda to ease Buffy's mind, (3) learn something new, (4) start telling lies the other way if he had been telling the truth previously, or (5) many other things we haven't thought of yet.
The "real" source material for a fandom. For a movie, this would be the plotline of the actual movie. For RPS, this would be the lives of the actual individuals as determined by publicly-available material such as interviews, television appearances, etc. Examples of AFI canon elements are: AFI is a band, the members of AFI are named Davey, Jade, Adam, and Hunter, Smith is AFI's tour manager, Davey has a stuffed chicken named Pecky, etc.
Any facts or information stemming from the episodes of a show. (See also "fanon.")
A list or body of documents agreed upon as authoritative. The authority of a canon generally comes from the people who agree to or accept it, but a canon may later be given authority of its own, especially if it is regarded as closed or finalized.
in literature, the body of major works that a culture considers important at a given time; ie., works that express cultural values and artistic excellence.
In Art History, a group of works recognized to have been produced by a particular artist or school.
Keywords:  fic, krycek, padawan, qui, gon
Information presented on the show that is considered factual to the life of the characters and the world they inhabit. For instance: James Kirk had a brother named Sam; he was first mentioned in What Are Little Girls Made Of? and was killed (along with may of the members of the colony where he lived) in the episode Operation: Annihilate!. Fox Mulder's father was shot by Alex Krycek; his mother has known CSM (Cigarette Smoking Man) for many, many years. Obi Wan is Qui-Gon's third Padawan Learner; his second did not become a jedi knight. Fic which ignores canon may be considered AU (alternate universe) or just poor writing.
the facts that come only from the source material, or a fic that's based on such.
Keywords:  ravine, gorge, gulch, rainfall, steep
A deep gorge, ravine, or gulch, between high and steep banks, worn by water courses.
a ravine formed by a river in an area with little rainfall
"Something that fits into the original world envisioned by Anne McCaffery. If something is /not/ canon then it's something that would not occur in Pernese society." Quoted from Rper's Anonymous.
Vaguely, it has the same meaning as IC, but even more so it carries with it the connotation that it's been OKed or falls under the guidelines that have been set up by the person who created the world you're playing in. For example, on Pern MOOs, something that is canon has been approved by Anne McCaffrey or falls under her guidelines.*See IC
the official continuity and established facts for a particular title. Ex: in Dragonball, Bulma's full canon name is "Bulma Briefs"
Truths derived from official artwork, comics, games, movies, stories, etc. for a anime, manga or video game series.
Canon is a shōjo manga by .
The part of a bell by which it is suspended; -- called also ear and shank.
The name used in the Roman Missal for the fundamental part of the Mass that comes after the Offertory and before the Communion. Cantate Sunday-A name given to the fourth Sunday after Easter, from the first word of the Introit at Mass on that day.
a member of the chapter of (for the most part)
Canon brand lenses for Canon manual-focus cameras
Japanese company that specializes in imaging and optical products, including cameras, photocopiers and computer printers. The headquarters are in 30-2, Shimomaruko 3-chome, Ota-ku, Tokyo.
Keywords:  canyon
Instrument used in Tchaikovsky's 1812 Overture.
in animé, games, e.t.c., what is known to be true; the creator's perspective on things (e.g. in FF6, it's canon that Terra is half-Esper).
a list of things that are essential
a standard by which other things are judged
( link / ) Established elements of a published setting, including history and NPCs. Published supplements generally support the canon. Some gamers are quite passionate about sticking to canon, and prefer not to diverge from it.
Keywords:  carom, see
See Carom.
a leader in professional business and consumer imaging equipment and information systems
an industry leader in professional and consumer imaging equipment and information systems
a world leader in imaging products and solutions for the digital home and office
a general (in my case a spiritual) principle which can take on the weight of a law
a law ordained by a general or provincial synod
Keywords:  rowling, works, original
The original works of J. K. Rowling.
Keywords:  carro, gun, velocity, implies, french
gun. Implies high velocity. (French) carro
a set order of events in a series.
In ancient times, an historical record of events. In modern astronomy, a canon is a listing of celestial events, such as eclipses, over a period of time.
Keywords:  barrel
Keywords:  elaborate, sort, round
a sort of elaborate round
Keywords:  marrow, bone
the marrow bone
Keywords:  stories, collection
a collection of stories
Keywords:  progressive, band, rock, four, piece
Canon (Progressive Rock Band) - A four piece Rock Band
Movement which is performed identically but with multiple entry points.
Keywords:  authentic, writing, author, body, one
an authentic body of writing by one author.
Keywords:  permit, construct, orders, create, set
an order, or set of orders, to permit or allow, but not to construct or create
Keywords:  company, name
Company Name