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[ver-nuh-sahzh; French ver-nee-sazh] /ˌvɛr nəˈsɑʒ; French vɛr niˈsaʒ/
noun, plural vernissages
[ver-nuh-sah-zhiz; French ver-nee-sazh] /ˌvɛr nəˈsɑ ʒɪz; French vɛr niˈsaʒ/ (Show IPA)
Also called varnishing day. the day before the opening of an art exhibition traditionally reserved for the artist to varnish the paintings.
a reception at a gallery for an artist whose show is about to open to the public.
Origin of vernissage
1910-15; < French: literally, a varnishing, touching up (of paintings). See varnish, -age Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • We had not heard of his arrival until we ran across him at the vernissage in the New Salon.

    Nights Elizabeth Robins Pennell
  • The spring came at last, and with it vernissage at the Salon.

    The Beautiful Miss Brooke Louis Zangwill
  • By ten o'clock the night of the "vernissage" all his acquaintances and intimates in Paris had brought him their felicitations.

    Fairfax and His Pride Marie Van Vorst
  • You can't imagine how impatient I was to get back in time for vernissage.

    The Beautiful Miss Brooke Louis Zangwill
  • Ledoyen's has attained a particular celebrity as the restaurant where every one lunches on the vernissage day of the Salon.

British Dictionary definitions for vernissage


a preview or the opening or first day of an exhibition of paintings
another term for varnishing day
Word Origin
French, from vernisvarnish
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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