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stanza

[stan-zuh] /ˈstæn zə/
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.
Origin
1580-1590
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 forms
stanzaed, adjective
stanzaic
[stan-zey-ik] /stænˈzeɪ ɪk/ (Show IPA),
stanzaical, adjective
stanzaically, adverb
nonstanzaic, adjective
unstanzaic, adjective
Synonyms
See verse.
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British Dictionary definitions for un stanzaic

stanza

/ˈstænzə/
noun
1.
(prosody) a fixed number of verse lines arranged in a definite metrical pattern, forming a unit of a poem
2.
(US & Austral) a half or a quarter in a football match
Derived Forms
stanzaed, adjective
stanzaic (stænˈzeɪɪk) adjective
Word Origin
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 un stanzaic

stanza

n.

"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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un stanzaic in Culture

stanza definition


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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Slang definitions & phrases for un stanzaic

stand up and be counted

verb phrase

To announce and be accountable for one's convictions, opinions, etc; not be afraid to speak up: Maybe a lot agree with you, but they won't stand up and be counted (1900s+)


The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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Encyclopedia Article for un stanzaic

stanza

a division of a poem consisting of two or more lines arranged together as a unit. More specifically, a stanza usually is a group of lines arranged together in a recurring pattern of metrical lengths and a sequence of rhymes.

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