- Fine Arts. a set of three panels or compartments side by side, bearing pictures, carvings, or the like.
- a hinged, three-leaved tablet, written on, in ancient times, with a stylus.
Origin of triptych
Examples from the Web for triptych
And the evangelicals have been especially irked by the recent sale of a Francis Bacon triptych for an astounding $142 million.The Myth of the Tortured Artist
January 4, 2014
Everything is in motion, and the triptych panels often construct a narrative, like the frames of a film do.Art's Obsessive Genius
May 20, 2009
It must be painted on a wooden case—I will show you the size—in the form of a triptych.Romola
A triptych of photos of Carolyn had always been on display on the mantelpiece.Next Door, Next World
Robert Donald Locke
Designers and mural decorators have been using the triptych ever since that period.Industrial Arts Design
William H. Varnum
The triptych was finished in 1472; it has unhappily disappeared.The Story of Brussels
In the centre of the triptych is Mary enthroned, crowned by two angels.The Story of Nuremberg
- a set of three pictures or panels, usually hinged so that the two wing panels fold over the larger central one: often used as an altarpiece
- a set of three hinged writing tablets
Word Origin and History for triptych
1731, "hinged, three-leaved writing tablet used in ancient Greece and Rome," from Greek triptykhos "three-layered," from tri- "three" (see tri-) + ptykhos, genitive of ptyx "fold, layer." In reference to three-part altar-piece carvings or pictures hinged together, it is attested from 1849.