Which Joe gave his name to ‘sloppy joes’? We look at five interesting sandwiches and their lexical origins.
A painting, typically an altarpiece, consisting of more than three leaves or panels joined by hinges or folds.
- ‘Masaccio himself painted a small version of Peter's crucifixion for the predella of the Pisa polyptych, where squat pyramids, hardly taller than the figures, take up considerable space at both edges of the panel.’
- ‘Earlier images of this type took the form of polyptychs, composed of a central panel that featured the Virgin and Child with separate, framed panels attached on either side that bore images of saints.’
- ‘Some consist of a single panel; others are diptychs or polyptychs in which the panels abut or hang a few inches apart.’
- ‘But Crivelli's work, limited to Madonnas and elaborate gilded polyptychs, rather than the less remunerative work in fresco, reveals little sense of stylistic development.’
- ‘Surviving panels by him include parts of a Passion polyptych, recalling his frescoes in S. Francesco, Assisi.’
Mid 19th century: from late Latin polyptycha (neuter plural) registers, from Greek poluptukhos having many folds, from polu- many + ptukhē fold.
Are you looking for a word for a foolish person? We explore twelve interesting words to describe the dunderheads in your life.
Before you run for the hills, let’s run through a list of ‘run’ expressions that are running through our minds.
The definitions of ‘buddy’ and ‘bro’ in the OED have recently been revised. We explore their history and increase in popularity.