vernissage

[ ver-nuh-sahzh; French ver-nee-sazh ]
/ ˌvɛr nəˈsɑʒ; French vɛr niˈsaʒ /
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noun, plural ver·nis·sages [ver-nuh-sah-zhiz; French ver-nee-sazh] /ˌvɛr nəˈsɑ ʒɪz; French vɛr niˈsaʒ/.

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
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vernissage

/ (ˌvɜːnɪˈsɑːʒ) /

noun

a preview or the opening or first day of an exhibition of paintings
another term for varnishing day

Word Origin for vernissage

French, from vernis varnish
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