Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A work consisting of three painted or carved panels that are hinged together.
  • n. A hinged writing tablet consisting of three leaves, used in ancient Rome.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A picture or series of pictures painted on three tablets connected by hinges.
  • n. A set of three se-tenant postage stamps that form a composite picture.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A writing tablet in three parts, two of which fold over on the middle part.
  • n. A picture or altarpiece in three compartments.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A picture, carving, or other representation in three compartments side by side: most frequently used for an altar-piece.
  • n. A series of writing-tablets, three in number, hinged or tied together.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. art consisting of a painting or carving (especially an altarpiece) on three panels (usually hinged together)

Etymologies

From Greek triptukhos, threefold : tri-, tri- + ptux, ptukh-, fold.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Ancient Greek tri- + πτυχή ("a fold"). (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • The word triptych came from Greek, meaning threefold.

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  • Probably the coolest feature of the DVD is the option to watch the film in triptych form, with three takes of the same scenes playing simultaneously.

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  • The elegant main altarpiece or retablo, a large triptych, is thought to be the oldest surviving work of its kind in Mexico.

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  • By 2000, she says, she wanted to divide her life into a "triptych" -- participating in cultural institutions, performing charitable service and earning "my money for eating bread."

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  • The triptych was the one her father had stolen from Sean.

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  • The other was a medieval triptych, which is a fancy word for a carving set into three folding panels.

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  • The triptych is the highlight of MOMA's latest installment of "Collaborations in the Collection," an ongoing series that highlights film partnerships.

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  • Reasons include the fact that a triptych is a type of artwork a painting composed of three sections, that there are three of us and that we cover three disciplines: print, web, programming.

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  • Between the two tablets others were sometimes inserted and the diptych would then be called a triptych, polyptych, etc.

    The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 5: Diocese-Fathers of Mercy

  • The triptych is a unique performance painting, documenting a specific zero gravity experience as well as further developing the key elements of painting which Azam continues to explore in his work; colour, movement and line.

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  • In stamp collecting, a se-tenant strip of three related stamps forming one overall design.

    August 25, 2008

  • I love this word because it makes me laugh. When I first heard it I thought it was one of those maps that AAA makes for your car trip!

    I thought today was kind of a "tri-ish" day.

    May 5, 2008

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    November 15, 2007