Diptych meaning

dĭptĭk
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Anything consisting of two parallel or contrasting parts.
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A work consisting of two painted or carved panels that are hinged together.
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An ancient writing tablet having two leaves hinged together.
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An ancient writing tablet made up of a hinged pair of wooden or ivory pieces folding to protect the inner waxed writing surfaces.
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A picture painted or carved on two hinged tablets.
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A writing tablet consisting of two leaves of rigid material connected by hinges and shutting together so as to protect the writing within.
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(art) A picture or series of pictures painted on two tablets, usually connected by hinges.
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A double catalogue, containing in one part the names of living, and in the other of deceased, ecclesiastics and benefactors of the church.
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Artistically-wrought tablets distributed by consuls, etc. of the later Roman Empire to commemorate their tenure of office; hence transferred to a list of magistrates.
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A. a literary work consisting of two contrasting parts (as a narrative telling the same story from two opposing points of view) "a diptych, a pastoral in which the author narrates the birth of Christ ... first as it has impressed the rich countryman Asveer, then as it has been seen by the skeptic Nicodemus" -- François Closset b. any work made up of two matching parts treating complementary or contrasting pictorial phases of one general topic "the first volume of a diptych Vegetation and Flora of the Sonoran Desert" -- F.E. Egler.
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A list of names, originally contained on such a tablet, of living and dead Christians for whom special prayers are made during the liturgy in many eastern and western churches.
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A catalogue of saints.
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Origin of diptych

  • Late Latin diptycha from Greek diptukha from neuter pl. of diptukhos folded double di- two di–1 ptukhē fold (from ptussein ptukh- to fold)

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Late Latin diptycha, plural, from Ancient Greek, neuter plural of δίπτυχος (diptychos, “folded, doubled”), from δι (di) + -πτυχος (-ptychos) (akin to Greek πτυχή (ptychí, “fold, layer”)).

    From Wiktionary