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vernissage

[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)
1.
Also called varnishing day. the day before the opening of an art exhibition traditionally reserved for the artist to varnish the paintings.
2.
a reception at a gallery for an artist whose show is about to open to the public.
Origin
1910-1915
1910-15; < French: literally, a varnishing, touching up (of paintings). See varnish, -age
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British Dictionary definitions for vernissage

vernissage

/ˌvɜːnɪˈsɑːʒ/
noun
1.
a preview or the opening or first day of an exhibition of paintings
2.
another term for varnishing day
Word Origin
French, from vernisvarnish
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