- a soft, twilled silk or rayon fabric.
Origin of surah1
First recorded in 1880–85; apparently variant of Surat
- any of the 114 chapters of the Koran.
Origin of sura
First recorded in 1655–65, sura is from the Arabic word sūrah literally, row, step, rung
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Examples from the Web for surah
In Surah xiv., a grievous punishment is prepared for the unjust.
So in the sixth surah, he writes: We (as if identifying himself with God) will not impose a task on any soul beyond its ability.
The greatest luxury to which she treated herself now and again was a taffetas or surah silk.Bijou
Surah—A twilled silk similar to serge; first made in Surat, India.Textiles and Clothing
Kate Heintz Watson
In this event it may be set into a scarf or drapery of China or Surah silk with charming results.The Art of Modern Lace Making
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- a twill-weave fabric of silk or rayon, used for dresses, blouses, etc
C19: from the French pronunciation of Surat
- any of the 114 chapters of the Koran
C17: from Arabic sūrah section
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Word Origin and History for surah
"chapter of the Quran," 1610s, from Arabic surah, literally "step, degree."
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- The calf of the leg.
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