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 stanzaic (audio) \ adjective

Examples of stanza in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The Wildcats were staring at a 60-45 deficit midway through the final stanza, before outscoring Morton Ranch 18-2 to collect the improbable victory. Robert Avery, Houston Chronicle, "Clear Creek JV pulls off come-from-behind shocker to nab tournament prize," 30 Nov. 2019 Paradisi had four of her 15 kills in the stanza, while Amos, who finished with 12 kills, had three during a key 6-2 run that gave them an 18-11 lead. Tim Schwartz,, "Mt. Hebron volleyball advances to region final with win over Marriotts Ridge," 4 Nov. 2019 The second stanza had both the home and visiting crowd sitting on the edge of their seats. Tim Schwartz,, "Reservoir volleyball sweeps Atholton to capture first region crown since 2007," 6 Nov. 2019 On consecutive possessions in the second stanza, the Wildcats turned the ball over deep in Torrey Pines territory. Scott Walsh, San Diego Union-Tribune, "El Camino walks away with a win over Torrey Pines," 20 Sep. 2019 Aided by two long passes, one to Halbrooks and the second to Peyton Pierson, San Miguel plunged in from the 1-yard line to give the Falcons a 20-0 lead going into the final stanza. David Taylor, Houston Chronicle, "Hargrave Falcons fly, 34-7, in opening week win over Liberty," 31 Aug. 2019 But as the second stanza began, Gatto-Monticone started playing with freedom and cutting down on errors. Kurt Streeter, New York Times, "Wimbledon 2019: Serena Williams Shows Some Rust in Opening Win," 2 July 2019 After playing an undisciplined first period, the Flyers swarmed Penguins rookie goalie Tristan Jarry early in the second stanza and took a 2-1 lead on goals by Jake Voracek (15th) and Konecny (18th). Sam Carchidi,, "Flyers suffer 4th straight loss, fall to Penguins, miss chance to tie for first," 7 Mar. 2018 San Jose doubled its 1-0 lead after one period just 1:11 into the second stanza when Marc-Edouard Vlasic scored his third goal of the season. Ross Mckeon,, "Sharks back to .500 with sixth straight win, a 4-3 shootout win over Detroit," 16 Nov. 2019

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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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The first known use of stanza was in 1589

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10 Jan 2020

Cite this Entry

“Stanza.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 21 January 2020.

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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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