dip·​tych | \ ˈdip-(ˌ)tik How to pronounce diptych (audio) \

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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Examples of diptych in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The giant diptych places the artist’s alter ego, a cross-dressing figure called Miss Chief Eagle Testickle, at the center of unsettling riffs on European colonization narratives. Washington Post, "America needs an epic narrative right now. Painters are working on it.," 28 Nov. 2020 The final image was a diptych, showing Strangio reflected in the mirror of his bathroom, and a pair of gray slacks, a white shirt, and a plaid tie hanging on a door. Masha Gessen, The New Yorker, "Chase Strangio’s Victories for Transgender Rights," 12 Oct. 2020 Even better, an expansive diptych in acrylic from 1984 that will take over an entire gallery wall will make that experience immersive. oregonlive, "9 Portland exhibits invite you to immerse yourself in art: 2020 fall arts guide," 21 Sep. 2020 The diptych earned Noda the International Grand Prize at the Tokyo International Print Biennale at the age of twenty-eight. Eve Sneider, The New York Review of Books, "Days in the Life of Tetsuya Noda," 4 July 2020 View Sample Sign Up Now While art historians are still debating the painting’s history, it is believed to be part of a large diptych dating back to 1280. Melissa Locker, Time, "Low-Key Woman Discovers Renaissance Masterpiece Randomly Hanging Above the Hotplate in Her Kitchen," 24 Sep. 2019 And instead of staging the diptych over two days, Desplechin has condensed it into one evening. Laura Cappelle, New York Times, "A Hallowed French Company Takes on ‘Angels in America’," 6 Feb. 2020 Matthew Lopez’s diptych, a six-hour visit with gay men in contemporary New York and the long shadow of the AIDS crisis, leaves Broadway. Alexis Soloski, New York Times, "15 Plays and Musicals to Go to in N.Y.C. This Weekend," 5 Mar. 2020 The diptych was probably created between 1395 and 1399, the last year of Richard II’s monarchy before his deposition. Willard Spiegelman, WSJ, "A Mystery Meets the Mystical," 17 Jan. 2020

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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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“Diptych.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/diptych. Accessed 18 Jan. 2021.

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