belated 14c., from Medieval Latin canonizationem (nominative canonizatio), noun of action from previous participle stem of canonizare (see canonize).
(Roman Catholic and Eastern Orthodox Church) the act of admitting a deceased individual into the canon of saints
- The final process or decree (next beatifacation) in which the name of a dead person is positioned in catalogue (canon) of saints and commended to perpetual veneration and invocation.
- The state to be canonized or sainted.
At the present day the canonization of saints is reserved in the Roman Church to the sovereign pontiff.