Definition of sutra in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈsuːtrə/
(also sutta)


1A rule or aphorism in Sanskrit literature, or a set of these on grammar or Hindu law or philosophy. See also Kama Sutra.
Example sentences
  • Shukla says that no existing appendix of the Atharva Veda contains the sixteen sutras, and when asked to produce them, Bharati Krishna was unable to.
  • The book, which gives the yoga sutras in Sanskrit followed by a translation and commentary by TKV Desikachar, renowned yoga teacher, was released by actress Amala.
  • All Vedantic expositions are commentaries by various Acharyas on the Vedanta sutras.
2A Buddhist or Jainist scripture.
Example sentences
  • The scriptures followed by the trainees are the Mahayana sutras, taught by the Buddha and other Buddhist masters.
  • As the new sutras multiplied, Buddhist teachers began to compose commentaries and treatises setting forth the philosophical basis of Mahayana beliefs.
  • The monks also study various subjects of Buddhist sutra and tantra of both the Ancient and New traditions.


From Sanskrit sūtra 'thread, rule', from siv 'sew'.

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