from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Hinduism Any of various aphoristic doctrinal summaries produced for memorization generally between 500 and 200 B.C. and later incorporated into Hindu literature.
  • n. Buddhism A scriptural narrative, especially a text traditionally regarded as a discourse of the Buddha.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A rule or thesis in Sanskrit grammar or Hindu law or philosophy.
  • n. A scriptural narrative, especially a discourse of the Buddha.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n.
  • n. A precept; an aphorism; a brief rule.
  • n. A collection of such aphorisms.
  • n. A body of Hindoo literature containing aphorisms on grammar, meter, law, and philosophy, and forming a connecting link between the Vedic and later Sanscrit literature.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In Sanskrit lit., a body of rules or precepts. ; ;

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a rule or aphorism in Sanskrit literature or a group of aphoristic doctrinal summaries prepared for memorization


Sanskrit sūtram, thread, sutra; see syū- in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Sanskrit सूत्र (sū́tra, "thread, yarn, string; rule"). (Wiktionary)



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