Definition of sutra in English:

sutra

noun

  • 1A rule or aphorism in Sanskrit literature, or a set of these on grammar or Hindu law or philosophy.

    See also Kama Sutra

  • 2A Buddhist or Jainist scripture.

Pronunciation

sutra

/ˈso͞otrə/ /ˈsutrə/

Origin

From Sanskrit sūtra ‘thread, rule’, from siv ‘sew’.