Definition of gesso
1 : plaster of paris or gypsum prepared with glue for use in painting or making bas-reliefs
2 : a paste prepared by mixing whiting with size or glue and spread upon a surface to fit it for painting or gilding
Origin of gesso
Italian, literally, gypsum, from Latin gypsum
First Known Use: 1596
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