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 exhibition includes one such diptych issued by the Roman general Justin on becoming consul in 540. Tobias Grey, WSJ, 16 July 2021 In a diptych by Iranian American photo-collagist Sepideh Salehi, a woman hides her face with her hand while her arm turns into a distant but vividly remembered landscape. Washington Post, 15 Jan. 2021 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, 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, 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, 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, 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, 24 Sep. 2019 And instead of staging the diptych over two days, Desplechin has condensed it into one evening. Laura Cappelle, New York Times, 6 Feb. 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 30 Jul. 2021.

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