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canon
as in:  the Shakespearean canon


There is much debate as to what should belong in today’s literary canon; or even if such a list can have any general validity.
  an authoritative list of works or people — such as the complete works of an author or the saints of the Roman Catholic Church
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Notes:
Do not confuse "canon" with "cannon" (a large gun).

Canon has many reasonably common, but highly diverse senses. Accordingly, it is generally recommended that you just learn the sense (or senses) that currently interest you.
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Associated words [difficulty]:   canon [6]
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