[ ver-nuh-sahzh; French ver-nee-sazh ]
/ ˌvɛr nəˈsɑʒ; French vɛr niˈsaʒ /

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.

Nearby words

  1. vernier compass,
  2. vernier engine,
  3. vernier rocket,
  4. vernier scale,
  5. vernis martin,
  6. vernix caseosa,
  7. vernoleninsk,
  8. vernon,
  9. vernon, edward,
  10. verny

Origin of vernissage

1910–15; < French: literally, a varnishing, touching up (of paintings). See varnish, -age Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for vernissage


/ (ˌvɜːnɪˈsɑːʒ) /


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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