What does stanza mean?

Definitions for stanzaˈstæn zə

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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

  3. Origin: [It. stanza a room, habitation, a stanza, i. e., a stop, fr. L. stans, p. pr. of stare to stand. See Stand, and cf. Estancia, Stance, Stanchion.]


  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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Stanza

    stan′za, n. a series of lines or verses connected with and adjusted to each other in a fixed order of sequence as regards length and metrical form: a division of a poem containing every variation of measure in the poem.—adj. Stanzā′ic. [It. stanza, a stop—Low L. stantia—L. stāre, stand.]


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of stanza in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of stanza in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Hilaire Belloc:

    For no one, in our long decline,So dusty, spiteful and divided,Had quite such pleasant friends as mine,Or loved them half as much as I did. [stanza 3]The library was most inviting:The books upon the crowded shelvesWere mainly of our private writing:We kept a school and taught ourselves. [stanza 15]From quiet homes and first beginning,Out to the undiscovered ends,Theres nothing worth the wear of winning,But laughter and the love of friends. [stanza 22]You do retain the song we set,And how it rises, trips and scans?You keep the sacred memory yet,Republicans? Republicans?[stanza 36]

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