noun stro·phe \ˈstrō-(ˌ)fē\

Definition of strophe

  1. 1a :  a rhythmic system composed of two or more lines repeated as a unit; especially :  such a unit recurring in a series of strophic unitsb :  stanza

  2. 2a :  the movement of the classical Greek chorus while turning from one side to the other of the orchestrab :  the part of a Greek choral ode sung during the strophe of the dance

Origin and Etymology of strophe

Greek strophē, literally, act of turning, from strephein to turn, twist

First Known Use: 1603

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