Charles Buck Theological Dictionary
In an ecclesiastical sense, is a rule either of doctrine or discipline, enacted especially by a council, and confirmed by the authority of the sovereign. Canons are properly decisions of matters of religion, or regulations of the policy and discipline of a church made by councils, either general, national, or provincial; such are the canons of the council of Nice, of Trent, &c.
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Buck, Charles. Entry for 'Canon (3)'. Charles Buck Theological Dictionary. https://www.studylight.org/dictionaries/eng/cbd/c/canon-3.html. 1802.