- a left-hand page of an open book or manuscript (opposed to recto).
Origin of verso
1830–40; short for Latin in versō foliō on the turned leaf
[pohl-li-ke wer-soh; English pol-uh-see vur-soh]
- with thumbs turned downward: the sign made by spectators calling for the death of a defeated gladiator in the ancient Roman circus.
[foh-lee-oh vur-soh; Latin foh-lee-oh wer-soh]
- the back of the page; verso (opposed to folio recto).
Origin of folio verso
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Examples from the Web for verso
The modern title page and verso have been relocated to the end of the text.Chronicles of Border Warfare
Alexander Scott Withers
On verso of title a poem by Ioachim Egell, extolling Humelberg.
A Table of Contents has been added below the verso to aid in navigation.Mystery at Geneva
A list of personae is given in the original on the verso of the title-leaf.The Tragedy Of Caesar's Revenge
The Title page and Verso are in error in stating that the pages run 275 to 306.Field Study of Kansas Ant-Eating Frog
Henry S. Fitch
- the back of a sheet of printed paper
- Also called: reversothe left-hand pages of a book, bearing the even numbersCompare recto
- the side of a coin opposite to the obverse; reverse
C19: from the New Latin phrase versō foliō the leaf having been turned, from Latin vertere to turn + folium a leaf
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Word Origin and History for verso
1839, from Latin verso (folio), ablative singular neuter of versus, past participle of vertere "to turn" (see versus).
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