Definition of triptych
1a : a picture (such as an altarpiece) or carving in three panels side by sideb : something composed or presented in three parts or sections; especially : trilogy
2 : an ancient Roman writing tablet with three waxed leaves hinged together
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Recent Examples of triptych from the Web
Part of a 'triptych' of images of the Apocalypse produced by Martin in 1853, this iconic image of the Last Judgement was taken on a tour of England and America shortly after Martin's death.
The jewelry story unfolds like a triptych, allowing Choisne to tackle the subject from a variety of angles.
The exhibition is actually a triptych of sorts, with three separate shows, each referencing the horizon and featuring Cuban artists living in Cuba or abroad.
The triptych collection includes pieces based on European tailoring, Korean military wear and a series of character looks.
That’s because this filmic triptych set in the impoverished, drug-dependent barrios of Puerto Rico eschews emotional dimension for visceral actions and thematic wallops.
McDonald settled on Hepburn and Colt to round out the triptych.
And Jonathan Yeo, the first official election artist, created a triptych of the three leading party leaders, with each portrait sized in proportion to the number of votes the politicians had received.
The morning includes works dating to the fourteenth century—a Florentine gothic triptych, centered on a Madonna Enthroned—but most of the pieces hail from the sixteenth, seventeenth, and eighteenth centuries.
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triptych Has Greek Roots
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 ptychē ("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 and Etymology of triptych
Greek triptychos having three folds, from tri- + ptychē fold
First Known Use: 1731See Words from the same year
TRIPTYCH Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of triptych for English Language Learners
: a picture (such as a painting) that has three panels placed next to each other
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