20 February 2009


Triptych is one of those words that one seldom sees, unless one is reading an affected, overblown description, perhaps a prospectus for a piece of real estate or cruise brochure.

It came to me from a poem, a good poem that I enjoyed, which proved to me that it actually is a word, and not just a fabrication by a greedy marketeer. Can I find that poem now to link it? No.


Triptych Trip"tych, n. [Gr. ? consisting of three layers or
plates; ? (see Tri-) + ?, ?, a fold, layer.]
Anything in three parts or leaves. Specifically:
(a) A writing tablet in three parts, two of which fold over
on the middle part.
[1913 Webster]
(b) A picture or altarpiece in three compartments.
[1913 Webster]

-- From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48

n : art consisting of a painting or carving (especially an
altarpiece) on three panels (usually hinged together)

-- From WordNet (r) 2.0

117 Moby Thesaurus words for "triptych":
Domesday Book, abstract, abstraction, account book, address book,
adversaria, album, altarpiece, annual, appointment calendar,
appointment schedule, blankbook, block print, blotter, calendar,
cashbook, catalog, classified catalog, clover, collage,
color print, commonplace book, copy, court calendar, cyclorama,
daub, daybook, desk calendar, deuce-ace, diary, diptych, docket,
engagement book, engraving, fresco, icon, illumination,
illustration, image, journal, leash, ledger, likeness, log,
logbook, loose-leaf notebook, memo book, memorandum book,
memory book, miniature, montage, mosaic, mural, notebook, pad,
panorama, petty cashbook, photograph, picture, pocket notebook,
pocketbook, police blotter, print, representation, reproduction,
scrapbook, scratch pad, set of three, shamrock, spiral notebook,
stained glass window, stencil, still life, table, tableau, tablet,
tapestry, tercet, ternary, ternion, terzetto, three, threesome,
tierce, trefoil, trey, triad, trialogue, triangle, tricorn,
trident, triennium, trihedron, trilogy, trimester, trine, trinity,
trinomial, trio, triphthong, triple crown, triple threat, triplet,
triplopy, tripod, trireme, triseme, triskelion, trisul,
triumvirate, triunity, trivet, troika, wall painting, workbook,
writing tablet, yearbook

-- From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0

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