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Definition of vernissage noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

vernissage

 noun
noun
BrE BrE//ˌvɜːnɪˈsɑːʒ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˌvɜːrnɪˈsɑːʒ//
 
(pl. vernissages
BrE BrE//ˌvɜːnɪˈsɑːʒ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˌvɜːrnɪˈsɑːʒ//
 
)
 
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an occasion when a few invited people can look at paintings before they go on show to the public Word OriginFrench, literally ‘varnishing’, originally referring to the day prior to an exhibition when artists were allowed to retouch and varnish hung work.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: vernissage