Definition of diptych in English:


Syllabification: dip·tych
Pronunciation: /ˈdiptik


  • 1A painting, especially an altarpiece, on two hinged wooden panels that may be closed like a book.
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    • David Bierk's long romance with art history was evident in this show of 21 oil paintings, mostly diptychs and triptychs, which included, among other things, reproductions of specific well-known paintings.
    • Altarpieces and private devotional diptychs were commissioned from the painters de Beaumetz, Jean Malouel, Henri Bellechose, and Melchior Broederlam, all of whom were court painters at various times.
    • Adorned with pearls, distracted or in reverie, a plump child with pointed ears and a pale blue face graces one panel of Diane's Puppies as though unaware of her companion at play in the other panel of the diptych.
  • 2An ancient writing tablet consisting of two hinged leaves with waxed inner sides.


early 17th century: via late Latin from late Greek diptukha 'pair of writing tablets', neuter plural of Greek diptukhos 'folded in two', from di- 'twice' + ptukhē 'a fold'.

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