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triptych

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noun trip·tych \ˈtrip-(ˌ)tik\

Simple Definition of triptych

  • : a picture (such as a painting) that has three panels placed next to each other

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of triptych

  1. 1 :  an ancient Roman writing tablet with three waxed leaves hinged together

  2. 2a :  a picture (as an altarpiece) or carving in three panels side by sideb :  something composed or presented in three parts or sections; especially :  trilogy

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A painted or carved triptych typically has three hinged panels, and the two outer panels can be folded in towards the central one. A literary or musical triptych generally consists of three closely related or contrasting themes or parts. Triptych derives from the Greek triptychos ("having three folds"), formed by combining "tri-" ("three") and "ptyche" ("fold" or "layer"). Although "triptych" originally described a specific type of Roman writing tablet that had three hinged sections, it is not surprising that the idea was generalized first to a type of painting, and then to anything composed of three parts.

Origin of triptych

Greek triptychos having three folds, from tri- + ptychē fold


First Known Use: 1731

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