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Definition of "triptych" [trip•tych]

  • A work consisting of three painted or carved panels that are hinged together. (noun)
  • A hinged writing tablet consisting of three leaves, used in ancient Rome. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "triptych" in a sentence
  • "The word triptych came from Greek, meaning threefold."
  • "Probably the coolest feature of the DVD is the option to watch the film in triptych form, with three takes of the same scenes playing simultaneously."
  • "The elegant main altarpiece or retablo, a large triptych, is thought to be the oldest surviving work of its kind in Mexico."