or su·rah

[soo r-uh]

noun Islam.

any of the 114 chapters of the Koran.

Nearby words

  1. suquamish,
  2. suqutra,
  3. sur,
  4. sur-,
  5. sur-royal,
  6. surabaya,
  7. surah,
  8. surajah dowlah,
  9. surakarta,
  10. sural

Origin of sura

First recorded in 1655–65, sura is from the Arabic word sūrah literally, row, step, rung Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for sura



any of the 114 chapters of the Koran

Word Origin for sura

C17: from Arabic sūrah section

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Word Origin and History for sura



"chapter of the Quran," 1610s, from Arabic surah, literally "step, degree."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Medicine definitions for sura



n. pl. su•rae (surē)

The calf of the leg.
Related formssural adj.

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