stanza

noun stan·za \ ˈstan-zə \
Updated on: 28 Nov 2017

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

stanzaic

play \stan-ˈzā-ik\ adjective

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Origin and Etymology of stanza

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


STANZA Defined for English Language Learners

stanza

noun

Definition of stanza for English Language Learners

  • : a group of lines in a poem


STANZA Defined for Kids

stanza

noun stan·za \ ˈstan-zə \

Definition of stanza for Students

: a group of lines forming a division of a poem

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