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verso

[vur-soh]
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noun, plural ver·sos. Printing.
  1. a left-hand page of an open book or manuscript (opposed to recto).
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Origin of verso

1830–40; short for Latin in versō foliō on the turned leaf

pollice verso

[pohl-li-ke wer-soh; English pol-uh-see vur-soh]
adverb Latin.
  1. with thumbs turned downward: the sign made by spectators calling for the death of a defeated gladiator in the ancient Roman circus.
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folio verso

[foh-lee-oh vur-soh; Latin foh-lee-oh wer-soh]
noun
  1. the back of the page; verso (opposed to folio recto).
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Origin of folio verso

From Latin
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Examples from the Web for verso

Historical Examples

  • 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

    Rose Macaulay

  • A list of personae is given in the original on the verso of the title-leaf.

  • The Title page and Verso are in error in stating that the pages run 275 to 306.


British Dictionary definitions for verso

verso

noun plural -sos
    1. the back of a sheet of printed paper
    2. Also called: reversothe left-hand pages of a book, bearing the even numbersCompare recto
  1. the side of a coin opposite to the obverse; reverse
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Word Origin

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

n.

1839, from Latin verso (folio), ablative singular neuter of versus, past participle of vertere "to turn" (see versus).

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