Fine Arts. a set of three panels or compartments side by side, bearing pictures, carvings, or the like.
a hinged, three-leaved tablet, written on, in ancient times, with a stylus.

1725–35; < Greek tríptychos of three plates, equivalent to tri- tri- + ptych- (stem of ptýx) plate + -os adj. suffix Unabridged
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triptych (ˈtrɪptɪk)
1.  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]

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Word Origin & History

1731, "hinged, three-leaved writing tablet used in ancient Greece and Rome," from Gk. triptykhos "three-layered," from tri- "three" + ptykhos, gen. of ptyx "fold, layer." In ref. to three-part altar-piece carvings or pictures hinged together, it is attested from 1849.
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Example sentences
She had this map in her hands, which was a triptych map from the automobile club.
Intended to form a grand triptych, the three paintings are seen together for the first time in this exhibition.
As a culminating activity, have students create a triptych about what they have learned in this unit.
It is an allegorical, complicated triptych with hundreds of details and with curious unclothed people.
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