A sutra is a literary rule or aphorism, or a collection of them. Sanskrit literature includes many collections of sutras.

The literary meaning of the word sutra is a bit different from the way Buddhists and Jains define it. In Buddhism, sutras are like scriptures, containing the teachings of the Buddha. Similarly, in Jainism, sutras are the sermons of a spiritual teacher. In Sanskrit, sutra means "thread," and traditional ancient literary sutras attempted to weave knowledge, threadlike, around and into their few simple words or syllables.

Definitions of sutra
  1. noun
    a rule or aphorism in Sanskrit literature or a group of aphoristic doctrinal summaries prepared for memorization
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    Sanskrit literature
    Hindu literature written in Sanskrit
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