Gesso definition

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A preparation of plaster of Paris and glue used as a base for low relief or as a surface for painting.
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A surface of gesso.
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Plaster of Paris (or, now, chalk) mixed with glue and applied to flat or carved surfaces or as bas-reliefs, etc. and then painted, gilded, etc.
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A mixture of plaster of Paris and glue used to prepare a surface for painting.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
gesso
Plural:
gessos

Origin of gesso

  • Italian from Latin gypsum gypsum gypsum

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Borrowing from Italian gesso.

    From Wiktionary