stan·​za | \ ˈstan-zə How to pronounce stanza (audio) \

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
2 sports : a period (such as a half or an inning) into which the duration of a game is divided The game's prime moment wasn't the decisive and popular eighth-inning, two-run homer by Mark Bellhorn … but a sensational play by Boston's Manny Ramirez in the top of that same stanza.— Roger Angell

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Other Words from stanza

stanzaic \ stan-​ˈzā-​ik How to pronounce stanza (audio) \ adjective

Examples of stanza in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The 21-8 Lady Jaguars had held 1-point margins after the first and second quarters, but the Indians took a 43-38 lead into the final stanza. Reports, al, "Tuesday Regional Roundup: Mae Jemison advances by rallying past East Limestone," 24 Feb. 2021 Cowboys draft twice in Round 1 While most are hypothesizing about potential trade-down scenarios for the Cowboys in the first round, don’t forget about the plausibility of trading back into the initial stanza, either. John Owning, Dallas News, "3 bold predictions for the Cowboys’ 2021 offseason, including a first-round draft surprise," 15 Feb. 2021 Without a trade, the Cowboys would likely have to take JOK at No. 10 to secure his services; however, a more palpable option would be to trade down in the first round and secure his services with a pick in the back half of the initial stanza. John Owning, Dallas News, "Film room: 3 potential linebacker targets for the Dallas Cowboys in the 2021 NFL draft," 3 Feb. 2021 In the final stanza, the Spurs seemed ready to pull away as DeRozan got hot. Tom Orsborn,, "San Antonio Spurs fall to short-handed Houston Rockets," 14 Jan. 2021 Gerard added Utah’s final goal to give the Grizz a 4-3 lead heading into the final stanza. The Salt Lake Tribune, "Rapid City Rush surge past Utah Grizzlies in ECHL opener," 11 Dec. 2020 Minnesota has struck quickly and forced the opponent to play from behind, outscoring foes 9-2 in the first period with opening-stanza goals in five of six games. Randy Johnson, Star Tribune, "Perfect Gophers men's hockey team still perfecting formula," 7 Dec. 2020 When WireGuard configs include a DNS argument in an Interface stanza, WireGuard creates system firewall rules which prevent DNS queries to resolvers not listed in those stanzas. Jim Salter, Ars Technica, "WireGuard for Windows 0.3.1 is the release you’ve been waiting for," 25 Nov. 2020 As the second stanza began, the CCD girls began to rectify that situation. Scott Springer, The Enquirer, "Ohio high school championship soccer: Cincinnati Country Day girls suffer 1st loss in OT," 13 Nov. 2020

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First Known Use of stanza

1589, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for stanza

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

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3 Mar 2021

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“Stanza.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Mar. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of stanza

: a group of lines in a poem


stan·​za | \ ˈstan-zə How to pronounce stanza (audio) \

Kids Definition of stanza

: a group of lines forming a division of a poem

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