Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

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

from The Century Dictionary.

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

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun A precept; an aphorism; a brief rule.
  • noun A collection of such aphorisms.
  • noun 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.

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

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

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

Etymologies

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

[Sanskrit sūtram, thread, sutra; see syū- in Indo-European roots.]

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From Sanskrit सूत्र (sū́tra, "thread, yarn, string; rule").

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