a hinged two-leaved tablet used in ancient times for writing on with a stylus.
a similar tablet of wood or metal containing on one leaf the names of those among the living, and on the other those among the dead, for whom prayers and Masses are said.
the lists of such persons.
the intercession in the course of which these names were introduced.
a pair of pictures or carvings on two panels, usually hinged together.
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How to use diptych in a sentence
The gold of The Wilton diptych is actual gold leaf, applied right on the painting.
Then he paired the pictures of past and present in diptych form.
"Quickening" introduces the second room of the exhibit and features a diptych of pregnant women, their faces also ravaged by time.
In the diptych, although the portrait of Richard himself was a likeness, the setting was imaginary and symbolic.The Book of Art for Young People | Agnes Conway
Parphenas went down to the church, which was lighted by a single lamp, placed before the old ivory-carved diptych.The Death of the Gods | Dmitri Mrejkowski
The illustration given here is from the diptych of the Consul Areobrudus, and belongs to the year 506 (Fig. 73).A History of Art for Beginners and Students | Clara Erskine Clement
A diptych which belongs to the same shrine may also be mentioned.The Industrial Arts in Spain | Juan F. Riao
By various councils it was ordained that the name of the pope should always be inserted in the diptych list.
British Dictionary definitions for diptych
a pair of hinged wooden tablets with waxed surfaces for writing
a painting or carving on two panels, usually hinged like a book
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