Definition of diptych
1 : a 2-leaved hinged tablet folding together to protect writing on its waxed surfaces
2 : a picture or series of pictures (such as an altarpiece) painted or carved on two hinged tablets
3 : a work made up of two matching parts
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Selbert occasionally combines scenes to form diptychs and create a dialog.
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Origin and Etymology of diptych
Late Latin diptycha, plural, from Greek, from neuter plural of diptychos folded in two, from di- + ptychē fold
First Known Use: 1622
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