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surah1

[soo r-uh]
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noun
  1. a soft, twilled silk or rayon fabric.
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Origin of surah1

First recorded in 1880–85; apparently variant of Surat

surah2

[soo r-uh]
noun Islam.
  1. sura.
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sura

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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Examples from the Web for surah

Historical Examples

  • In Surah xiv., a grievous punishment is prepared for the unjust.

    Islam Her Moral And Spiritual Value

    Arthur Glyn Leonard

  • 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.

  • 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

    The Butterick Publishing Co.


British Dictionary definitions for surah

surah

noun
  1. a twill-weave fabric of silk or rayon, used for dresses, blouses, etc
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Word Origin

C19: from the French pronunciation of Surat

sura

noun
  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 surah

sura

n.

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

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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

surah in Medicine

sura

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