a work of art composed of several connected panels.

Origin of polyptych

1855–60; special use of Late Latin polyptychum < Greek polýptychon a register, roll, noun use of neuter of polýptychos having many folds. See poly-, diptych, triptych
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Historical Examples of polyptych

  • It is difficult to think that he can be answerable for it when we compare it with the Piet over the polyptych at Perugia.


    Evelyn March Phillipps

British Dictionary definitions for polyptych



an altarpiece consisting of more than three panels, set with paintings or carvings, and usually hinged for foldingCompare diptych, triptych

Word Origin for polyptych

C19: via Late Latin from Greek poluptuchon something folded many times, from poly- + ptuchē a fold
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