Also found in: Acronyms, Wikipedia.
a. A body of teaching composed in Sanskrit and addressing a particular aspect of religious or cultural practice.
b. A canonical text forming a part of such a body of teaching.
2. Buddhism A commentary on the sutras, generally composed in Sanskrit.
[Sanskrit śāstram, from śāsti, he commands, governs, instructs; akin to Albanian thom, I say.]
American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright © 2016 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
(Hinduism) any of the sacred writings of Hinduism
[C17: from Sanskrit śāstra, from śās to teach]
Collins English Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged, 12th Edition 2014 © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1994, 1998, 2000, 2003, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2014