- an arrangement of a certain number of lines, usually four or more, sometimes having a fixed length, meter, or rhyme scheme, forming a division of a poem.
Origin of stanza
SynonymsSee more synonyms on Thesaurus.com
Examples from the Web for stanza
Finally, just before the tenth stanza, a crestfallen Alvarado whispered that he was done.Boxers, Be Brave and Quit Before Your Brain Turns to Mush
October 25, 2013
And writers seem to get it a lot, the relationship between words and page and phrase and paragraph, or stanza.The Writer and the Potter: Edmund De Waal on his New York Debut
September 12, 2013
E-book use on the iPhone exploded, with over a million downloads of the Stanza application alone.Don't Write Off Books
April 7, 2009
A stanza, the final one of that masterpiece, has been preserved.Southern Lights and Shadows
In this stanza Rhuvawn is celebrated as pious, valiant, and hospitable.
“Nodi,” may also have reference to “nod” in the third line of the stanza.
The eagle was probably the armorial badge of the hero of this stanza.
That stanza, as it stands above, does not occur in any of the extant quasi-originals.Sir Walter Scott
- prosody a fixed number of verse lines arranged in a definite metrical pattern, forming a unit of a poem
- US and Australian a half or a quarter in a football match
Word Origin and History for stanza
"group of rhymed verse lines," 1580s, from Italian stanza "verse of a poem," originally "standing, stopping place," from Vulgar Latin *stantia "a stanza of verse," so called from the stop at the end of it, from Latin stans (genitive stantis), present participle of stare "to stand" (see stet).