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or su·rah

[soo r-uh]
noun Islam.
  1. any of the 114 chapters of the Koran.
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Origin of sura

First recorded in 1655–65, sura is from the Arabic word sūrah literally, row, step, rung
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Historical Examples

  • He writes in his comments on the 191 verse of the second Sura of the Koran.

    A Critical Exposition of the Popular 'Jihd'

    Moulavi Gergh Ali

  • His "fits" before the oncoming of a new Sura have been mentioned.

  • Upon which he was surnamed Sura, sura being the Roman word for the calf of the leg.

  • The positive force you call the Deva or Sura; his face is turned, it seems, to God.


    Annie Besant

  • It is said that he got the name Sura from the following circumstance.

British Dictionary definitions for sura


  1. any of the 114 chapters of the Koran
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Word Origin

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."

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sura in Medicine


n. pl. su•rae (surē)
  1. The calf of the leg.
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Related formssural adj.
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