1. gesso

noun. gypsum or plaster of Paris spread on a surface to make it suitable for painting or gilding (or a surface so prepared).


  • plaster
  • gypsum


  • gesso (Italian)
  • gypsum (Latin)

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Sentences with gesso

1. Noun, singular or mass
Therefore, it is best to add the black acrylic paint to the white gesso rather than the white gesso to the black acrylic paint.

2. Adjective
Again, as in step three, allow this layer of gesso primer to dry completely before handling the canvas or applying any acrylic paint to its surface.

3. Noun, plural
Prime a 14-by-16 inch stretched canvas with gesso made for acrylic paint.