Definition of sutra
1 : a precept summarizing Vedic teaching; also : a collection of these precepts
2 : one of the discourses of the Buddha that constitute the basic text of Buddhist scripture
Origin of sutra
Sanskrit sūtra precept, literally, thread; akin to Latin suere to sew — more at sew
First Known Use: 1801
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