What does stanza mean?

Definitions for stanza
ˈstæn zəstan·za

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. stanzanoun

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


  1. stanzanoun

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

  2. stanzanoun

    An apartment or division in a building.

  3. stanzanoun

    A structural element in XML

  4. Etymology: From stanza.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Stanzanoun

    A number of lines regularly adjusted to each other; so much of a poem as contains every variation of measure or relation of rhyme. Stanza is originally a room of a house, and came to signify a subdivision of a poem; a staff.

    Etymology: stanza, Ital. stance, Fr.

    Quintus Horatius Flaccus confines himself strictly to one sort of verse or stanza in every ode. Dryden.

    In quatrains, the last line of the stanza is to be considered in the composition of the first. Dryden.

    Before his sacred name flies ev’ry fault,
    And each exalted stanza teems with thought. Alexander Pope.


  1. stanza

    A stanza is a group of lines forming a section or division within a poem. It is equivalent to a paragraph in prose, and it often follows a specific rhyme scheme or metrical pattern.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Stanzanoun

    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. Stanzanoun

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

  3. Etymology: [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.]

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  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

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