su·​ra ˈsu̇r-ə How to pronounce sura (audio)
: a chapter of the Koran

Examples of sura in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web One sura of the Quran became his guiding metaphor. Ruth Margalit, The New Yorker, 25 Oct. 2021 April 27, 2020 My Iraqi dad would drop me at school while playing a cassette tape of Quran suras, part of a collection his brother sent from Baghdad. Los Angeles Times, 6 May 2020 Marracci worked to disprove Islam, carefully translating and rebutting each sura in turn. The Economist, 6 Mar. 2018 In this large-format work, artist Sandow Birk offers each sura beautifully handwritten and framed by scenes of American life. Patrick T. Reardon,, 20 June 2017

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Word History


Arabic sūra, literally, row

First Known Use

1661, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of sura was in 1661

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“Sura.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Sep. 2023.

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