- an ancient writing tablet of three leaves hinged together
- a set of three panels with pictures, designs, or carvings, often hinged so that the two side panels may be folded over the central one, commonly used as an altarpiece
Origin of triptychfrom Classical Greek triptychos, threefold from tri-, tri- + ptych? (gen. ptychos), a fold from ptyssein, to fold
- a. A work, such as an altarpiece, consisting of three painted or carved panels that are hinged together.b. A set of three related works, as in photography, painting, or literature: “a triptych of stories told from alternating viewpoints” ( Diane Scharper )
- A hinged writing tablet consisting of three leaves, used in ancient Rome.
Origin of triptychFrom Greek triptukhos threefold tri- tri- ptux ptukh- fold
c. 1336 painting, Madonna and Child with Saints Peter, Paul, Augustine, and Anthony, attributed to Taddeo Gaddi (1300?-1366)
From Ancient Greek Ï„ÏÎ¯Ï€Ï„Ï…Ï‡Î¿Ï‚ (triptukhos, “consisting of three layers, threefold"), from Ï„ÏÎ¯- (tri-) + Ï€Ï„Ï…Ï‡Î® (ptukhÄ“, “a fold").