American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A verse unit consisting of two rhymed lines in iambic pentameter.
- n. a couplet consisting of two rhymed lines of iambic pentameter and written in an elevated style
“He was fond of metrical composition, and his ease and grace in the use of the heroic couplet were the admiration, not only of his intellectual associates, but, in later days, of his son, who was wont to affirm, certainly in all seriousness, that expressionally his father was a finer poetic artist than himself.”
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