Definition of stanza in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈstanzə/


1A group of lines forming the basic recurring metrical unit in a poem; a verse.
Example sentences
  • First, with respect to prosody, he believes that the syllable count of poetic lines, strophes, stanzas, and poems was essential to the writing of biblical poetry.
  • Free verse is positioned alongside tightly organized stanzas; individual poems range in length from 4 to 204 lines.
  • Armed with those data, Jouet composed poems about each of them in a similar poetic form: three stanzas of six verses each.
1.1A group of four lines in some Greek and Latin meters.
Example sentences
  • It is written in stanzas of four octosyllabic lines rhyming a b b a, and is divided into 132 sections of varying length.
  • I thought it was curious, then, when I saw the phrase in Sappho, in the first stanza of the poem To Atthis.



(also stanza'd) adjective
Example sentences
  • There are prose poems in this work but it is the traditional stanzaed work that gives this volume its form.
  • In the opera stanzaed popular songs bring out its thematic and ideological content.
  • Sadly he has not completely escaped the variably narrow and slightly thicker, paragraphically stanzaed one-to-two pager.


Pronunciation: /stanˈzā-ik/
Example sentences
  • The play is written in verse which varies between alternately rhyming quatrains and stanzaic form, the effect being lyric rather than dramatic.
  • I suggest therefore that the stanzaic form of ‘Ode’ is reminiscent of Spender's practice in Poems.
  • However, sequences in his last three books juxtapose different strophic and stanzaic patterns, prose and verse, relatively coherent narrative elements, dream elements, and fragments of meditation.


Late 16th century: from Italian, literally 'standing place', also 'stanza'.

Words that rhyme with stanza

bonanza, Braganza, Constanza, extravaganza, kwanza, organza, Panzer
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