Definitions for stanzaˈstæn zə

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

stan•zaˈstæn zə(n.)(pl.)-zas.

  1. an arrangement of a certain number of lines, usu. four or more, sometimes having a fixed length, meter, or rhyme scheme, forming a division of a poem.

    Category: Prosody

Origin of stanza:

1580–90; < It: room, station, stanza < VL *stantia; see stance

stan•za′ic-ˈzeɪ ɪk(adj.)

Princeton's WordNet

  1. stanza(noun)

    a fixed number of lines of verse forming a unit of a poem


  1. stanza(Noun)

    A unit of a poem, written or printed as a paragraph; equivalent to a verse.

  2. stanza(Noun)

    An apartment or division in a building.

  3. stanza(Noun)

    A structural element in XML

  4. Origin: From stanza.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Stanza(noun)

    a number of lines or verses forming a division of a song or poem, and agreeing in meter, rhyme, number of lines, etc., with other divisions; a part of a poem, ordinarily containing every variation of measure in that poem; a combination or arrangement of lines usually recurring; whether like or unlike, in measure

  2. Stanza(noun)

    an apartment or division in a building; a room or chamber


  1. Stanza

    In poetry, a stanza is a unit within a larger poem. In modern poetry, the term is often equivalent with strophe; in popular vocal music, a stanza is typically referred to as a "verse". A stanza consists of a grouping of two or more lines, set off by a space, that usually has a set pattern of meter and rhyme.The stanza in poetry is analogous with the paragraph that is seen in prose, related thoughts are grouped into units. In traditional English-language poems, stanzas can be identified and grouped together because they share a rhyme scheme or a fixed number of lines. In much modern poetry, stanzas may be arbitrarily presented on the printed page because of publishing conventions that employ such features as white space or punctuation.

Anagrams of stanza

  1. ansatz

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