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n. pl. ges·soes
1. A preparation of plaster of Paris and glue used as a base for low relief or as a surface for painting.
2. A surface of gesso.

[Italian, from Latin gypsum, gypsum; see gypsum.]

ges′soed adj.


1. (Art Terms) a white ground of plaster and size, used esp in the Middle Ages and Renaissance to prepare panels or canvas for painting or gilding
2. (Art Terms) any white substance, esp plaster of Paris, that forms a ground when mixed with water
[C16: from Italian: chalk, gypsum]


(ˈdʒɛs oʊ)

n., pl. -soes.
gypsum or plaster of Paris prepared with glue for use as a surface for painting.
[1590–1600; < Italian < Latin gypsum gypsum]
ges′soed, adj.


A mixture of plaster of Paris or gypsum and glue, used as a base for bas relief or to prepare a painting surface.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.gesso - gypsum or plaster of Paris spread on a surface to make it suitable for painting or gilding (or a surface so prepared)
gypsum - a common white or colorless mineral (hydrated calcium sulphate) used to make cements and plasters (especially plaster of Paris)
plaster of Paris, plaster - any of several gypsum cements; a white powder (a form of calcium sulphate) that forms a paste when mixed with water and hardens into a solid; used in making molds and sculptures and casts for broken limbs
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