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 Dictionary entry overview: What does stanza mean? 

STANZA (noun)
  The noun STANZA has 1 sense:

1. a fixed number of lines of verse forming a unit of a poem

  Familiarity information: STANZA used as a noun is very rare.

 Dictionary entry details 

STANZA (noun)

Sense 1stanza [BACK TO TOP]


A fixed number of lines of verse forming a unit of a poem

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Nouns denoting communicative processes and contents

Hypernyms ("stanza" is a kind of...):

text; textual matter (the words of something written)

Meronyms (parts of "stanza"):

line (text consisting of a row of words written across a page or computer screen)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "stanza"):

ottava rima (a stanza of eight lines of heroic verse with the rhyme scheme abababcc)

rhyme royal (a stanza form having seven lines of iambic pentameter; introduced by Chaucer)

antistrophe (the section of a choral ode answering a previous strophe in classical Greek drama; the second of two metrically corresponding sections in a poem)

strophe (one section of a lyric poem or choral ode in classical Greek drama)

Spenserian stanza (a stanza with eight lines of iambic pentameter and a concluding Alexandrine with the rhyme pattern abab bcbc c)

quatrain (a stanza of four lines)

envoi; envoy (a brief stanza concluding certain forms of poetry)

sestet (a rhythmic group of six lines of verse)

octave (a rhythmic group of eight lines of verse)

couplet (a stanza consisting of two successive lines of verse; usually rhymed)

Holonyms ("stanza" is a part of...):

poem; verse form (a composition written in metrical feet forming rhythmical lines)

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