Diptych Definition

dĭptĭk
diptychs
noun
An ancient writing tablet made up of a hinged pair of wooden or ivory pieces folding to protect the inner waxed writing surfaces.
Webster's New World
A picture painted or carved on two hinged tablets.
Webster's New World
Anything consisting of two parallel or contrasting parts.
Webster's New World
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.
American Heritage

A catalogue of saints.

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Other Word Forms of Diptych

Noun

Singular:
diptych
Plural:
diptychs

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

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