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Meaning of STANZA

Pronunciation:  'stanzu

WordNet Dictionary
[n]  a fixed number of lines of verse forming a unit of a poem

STANZA is a 6 letter word that starts with S.


 See Also: antistrophe, couplet, envoi, envoy, octave, ottava rima, poem, quatrain, rhyme royal, sestet, Spenserian stanza, strophe, text, textual matter, verse form



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Stan"za\, n.; pl. {Stanzas}. [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},
1. 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.

         Horace confines himself strictly to one sort of
         verse, or stanza, in every ode.       --Dryden.

2. (Arch.) An apartment or division in a building; a room or