[ pol-ip-tik ]
/ ˈpɒl ɪp tɪk /


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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Examples from the Web for 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.

    Pintoricchio|Evelyn March Phillipps

British Dictionary definitions for polyptych


/ (ˈpɒlɪptɪk) /


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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