dip·tych | \ˈdip-(ˌ)tik \

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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The diptych originated with a phone call from Sendak that began with a quiz. Michael Cooper, New York Times, "Oliver Knussen, ‘Where the Wild Things Are’ Composer, Dies at 66," 9 July 2018 Single versions of the diptych are available as well, and those start at just £199. Meagan Fredette, refinery29.com, "Say It With Art: Get Your Bae The Same Painting Prince Harry Gave Meghan Markle," 7 July 2018 Among the paintings that adorn the walls is a diptych of Adolf Hitler and Donald Trump. The Economist, "Why America and Mexico are destined to grow even closer," 21 June 2018 The first two seasons of The Handmaid’s Tale form a loose diptych, mirroring and subverting each other in fascinating ways. Todd Vanderwerff, Vox, "The Handmaid’s Tale season 2 was masterful. But it may have broken the show.," 11 July 2018 It is composed as a diptych: one half biography, one half memoir. Tyler Malone, latimes.com, "David Lynch's memoir-slash-biography is, yes, strange — and deeply American," 20 June 2018 The piece works as a cross-cutting diptych between 1920 and the present day. Kerry Reid, chicagotribune.com, "'A Home on the Lake': Real estate and racism surface from Evanston's past," 23 Apr. 2018 In this darkly comic Edward Albee diptych, the outside world has its uncertainties and terrors. Alexis Soloski, New York Times, "13 Plays and Musicals to Go to in NYC This Weekend," 15 Feb. 2018 Figures populate many pieces, including Jennifer Rochlin’s inside-out diptych, Hayley Barker’s atmospheric abstraction, Erin Trefry’s whimsical assemblage, Jade Gordon’s enigmatic mask and Max Maslansky’s fleshy reverie. David Pagel, latimes.com, "Where to find fantastic beasts? At Big Pictures Los Angeles' 'Airtight Garage'," 17 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of diptych

1622, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for diptych

Late Latin diptycha, plural, from Greek, from neuter plural of diptychos folded in two, from di- + ptychē fold

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