stan·​za | \ ˈstan-zə \

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 \ adjective

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Burroughs pitching struggled in the top of the frame as Sherwood used five hurlers in the stanza against the Vikings (1-4). Jeff Tully,, "Burroughs baseball wins battle of big innings against Santa Monica," 7 Mar. 2018 As the crowd of 21,965 in T-Mobile Arena stood and cheered, both fighters landed big shots in the final stanza. Jim Chairusmi, WSJ, "How Canelo Alvarez Surprised Gennady Golovkin With a Different Game Plan," 16 Sep. 2018 The six-run stanza saw its final score when Hause came home on a groundout by Kristy Taix. Grant Gordon,, "Crescenta Valley softball starts fast in Division III playoff blowout," 18 May 2018 The central stanza describes her to us, for the only time, in figurative language. Willard Spiegelman, WSJ, "Words to Probe Our Deepest Thoughts," 6 July 2018 The Vikings got out to a five-point lead at 32-27 in the early minutes of the second half, but Wayne's Quisenberry consistently got to the basket and the Warriors led 39-38 going to the last stanza. Scott Springer,, "Princeton comes up short against Wayne in regional semi," 14 Mar. 2018 The Drakes were down, 30-23, early in the fourth stanza. Rick O'brien,, "Jennifer Kremp leads Jenkintown to first state basketball title," 27 Mar. 2018 England was the far better team, then conceded a 93rd-minute equalizer to Colombia and had to sweat out the extra stanza. Avi Creditor,, "World Cup Quarterfinal Power Rankings: Field Narrows to Powers, Surprises," 4 July 2018 Ryan Young posted 12 of his points in the third stanza. Rick O'brien,, "Conwell-Egan's hoops season comes to crushing halt," 13 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of stanza

1589, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for stanza

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

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The first known use of stanza was in 1589

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English Language Learners Definition of stanza

: a group of lines in a poem


stan·​za | \ ˈstan-zə \

Kids Definition of stanza

: a group of lines forming a division of a poem

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