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 Alabama State went three-and-out to begin the final stanza as the Bulldogs went back to work on a 4-play, 42-yard scoring drive that tied the game at 21-all and ended with Glass calling his own number for a 2-yard rushing score. Evan Dudley, al, "Alabama A&M wins Magic City Classic in triple overtime," 27 Oct. 2019 Holbert scored on the opening play of the second stanza on a 49-yard touchdown reception, added a 53-yard fumble recovery for a score, and a rushing TD shortly before halftime. cleveland, "Devon Holbert’s brilliant first half fuels No. 7 Perry’s 36-7 romp over Geneva," 26 Oct. 2019 In the final stanza, West was able to chew more clock and David Afari found the end zone from short distance to increase the Firebirds' lead to 9. Scott Springer,, "Cincinnati, Ohio high school football: Lakota West breaks drought against Lakota East 16-7," 19 Oct. 2019 There were a couple goals in that final stanza Bobrovsky wanted back. Chris Wassel, USA TODAY Sportsbook Wire, "Tampa Bay Lightning at Florida Panthers odds, picks and betting tips," 5 Oct. 2019 After back-to-back games to start the season of overcoming fourth-quarter deficits, the coaching staff would appreciate a tranquil final stanza. Robert Avery, Houston Chronicle, "Deer Park hopes its fourth-quarter drama won’t be needed in Katy Saturday night," 14 Sep. 2019 Before the third stanza ended Gi'bran Payne had scored again. Scott Springer,, "Tom Bolden era at Lakota West begins with an 'L' at La Salle," 30 Aug. 2019 In one of the more brutal numbers, inspired by a stanza about the false promises of the Emancipation Proclamation, performers dance with chains and gleefully jump rope with a giant noose. Maya Phillips, The New Yorker, "“The Black Clown” Beautifully Reconfigures a Langston Hughes Poem," 24 July 2019 Immaculate Heart scored just twice in the second half, with the first basket scored a minute into the stanza to cut the Glendale lead to 30-16. Vincent Nguyen,, "Glendale girls' basketball puts up dominant defensive effort," 12 June 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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14 Nov 2019

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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 How to pronounce stanza (audio) \

Kids Definition of stanza

: a group of lines forming a division of a poem

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