vernissage [ver-nuh-sahzh; French ver-nee-sazh]
noun, plural vernissages [ver-nuh-sah-zhiz; French ver-nee-sazh]
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: 1910-15; < French: literally, a varnishing, touching up (of paintings). See varnish, -age
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