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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).
2. A hinged writing tablet consisting of three leaves, used in ancient Rome.
[From Greek triptukhos, threefold : tri-, tri- + ptux, ptukh-, fold.]
1. (Art Terms) a set of three pictures or panels, usually hinged so that the two wing panels fold over the larger central one: often used as an altarpiece
2. a set of three hinged writing tablets
[C18: from Greek triptukhos, from tri- + ptux plate; compare diptych]
1. a set of three panels or compartments side by side, bearing pictures, carvings, or the like.
2. a set of three hinged writing tablets, used in antiquity for letters, etc., usu. by inscribing the wax-coated inner surfaces with a stylus.
[1725–35; < Greek tríptychos of three plates =tri- tri- + -ptychos, derivative of ptýx, s. ptych- plate]
a set of three paintings or images, each on a separate leaf, but hinged together.See also: Images
A series of three painted panels or doors that are hinged or folded.