noun, plural vernissages /-ˈsɑʒɪz; French -ˈsaʒ/ [-sah-zhiz; French -sazh] 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.
a reception at a gallery for an artist whose show is about to open to the public.
literally, a varnishing, touching up (of paintings). See varnish