Meaning of vernissage

ver•nis•sage

Pronunciation: (ver"nu-säzh' Fr. ver-nē-sazh'), [key]
— pl. -sages
  1. Also calledthe 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.
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