noun, plural vernissages /ˌvɛrnəˈsɑʒɪz; French vɛrniˈsaʒ/ [ver-nuh-sah-zhiz; French ver-nee-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