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noun Prosody.
  1. 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.
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Origin of stanza

1580–90; < Italian: room, station, stopping-place (plural stanze) < Vulgar Latin *stantia, equivalent to Latin stant- (stem of stāns), present participle of stāre to stand + -ia -y3
Related formsstan·zaed, adjectivestan·za·ic [stan-zey-ik] /stænˈzeɪ ɪk/, stan·za·i·cal, adjectivestan·za·i·cal·ly, adverbnon·stan·za·ic, adjectiveun·stan·za·ic, adjective

Synonyms for stanza

See verse.
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Examples from the Web for stanzaic

Historical Examples of stanzaic

  • On the various kinds of stanzaic structure, see pages 88 ff., below.

    The Principles of English Versification

    Paull Franklin Baum

  • In melody and stanzaic form, we shall see that the two poems are not unlike, but in motive they are totally distinct.

    The Raven

    Edgar Allan Poe

  • The poetry, even in the epics, is stanzaic; no part of it can fairly be compared to English blank verse.

British Dictionary definitions for stanzaic


  1. prosody a fixed number of verse lines arranged in a definite metrical pattern, forming a unit of a poem
  2. US and Australian a half or a quarter in a football match
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Derived Formsstanzaed, adjectivestanzaic (stænˈzeɪɪk), adjective

Word Origin for stanza

C16: from Italian: halting place, from Vulgar Latin stantia (unattested) station, from Latin stāre to stand
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Word Origin and History for stanzaic



"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).

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stanzaic in Culture


A group of lines of verse, usually set off from other groups by a space. The stanzas of a poem often have the same internal pattern of rhymes.

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