Definitions for vernissageˌvɛr nəˈsɑʒ; Fr. vɛr niˈsaʒ; -ˈsɑ ʒɪz; Fr. -ˈsaʒ
Random House Webster's College Dictionary
ver•nis•sageˌvɛr nəˈsɑʒ; Fr. vɛr niˈsaʒ; -ˈsɑ ʒɪz; Fr. -ˈsaʒ(n.)(pl.)-sages
a reception at a gallery for an artist whose show is about to open to the public.
Category: Fine Arts
Origin of vernissage:
1910–15; < F: lit., a varnishing, touching up (of paintings). See varnish , -age
A private viewing of an art exhibition before it opens to the public.
Origin: From vernissage, derived from the earlier habit of the artists to varnish their paintings the day before the opening of an exhibition.