stro·​phe | \ ˈstrō-(ˌ)fē How to pronounce strophe (audio) \

Definition of strophe

1a : a rhythmic system composed of two or more lines repeated as a unit especially : such a unit recurring in a series of strophic units
2a : the movement of the classical Greek chorus while turning from one side to the other of the orchestra
b : the part of a Greek choral ode sung during the strophe of the dance

Examples of strophe in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Each strophe creates a distinctive sound world on the fly — now fiercely dissonant, now languid and sweet-toned — and the piece moves from one to the next with quicksilver elusiveness. Joshua Kosman, San Francisco Chronicle, "CD review: Harold Meltzer, ‘Variations on a Summer Day’," 17 Jan. 2018

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First Known Use of strophe

1603, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for strophe

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

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“Strophe.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Sep. 2020.

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