Definition of vernissage
: a private showing or preview of an art exhibition
Origin of vernissage
French, day before an exhibition opens reserved for artists to varnish and put finishing touches to their paintings, literally, varnishing, from vernis varnish — more at varnish
First Known Use: 1912
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