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stanza

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noun stan·za \ˈstan-zə\

Simple Definition of stanza

  • : a group of lines in a poem

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of stanza

  1. :  a division of a poem consisting of a series of lines arranged together in a usually recurring pattern of meter and rhyme :  strophe

stanzaic play \stan-ˈzā-ik\ adjective

Origin of stanza

Italian, stay, abode, room, stanza, from Vulgar Latin *stantia stay — more at stance


First Known Use: 1589


STANZA Defined for Kids

stanza

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noun stan·za \ˈstan-zə\

Definition of stanza for Students

  1. :  a group of lines forming a division of a poem




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