Origin: It. Stanza a room, habitation, a stanza, i. E, a stop, fr. L. Stans, p.pr. Of stare to stand. See Stand, and cf. Estancia, Stance, Stanchion.
1. A number of lines or verses forming a division of a song or poem, and agreeing in meter, rhyme, number of lines, etc, with other divisions; a part of a poem, ordinarily containing every variation of measure in that poem; a combination or arrangement of lines usually recurring; whether like or unlike, in measure. Horace confines himself strictly to one sort of verse, or stanza, in every ode. (Dryden)