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recto

[ rek-toh ]
/ ˈrɛk toʊ /
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noun, plural rec·tos. Printing.

a right-hand page of an open book or manuscript; the front of a leaf (opposed to verso).

RELATED WORDS

leaf, surface, signature, side, folio, verso

Nearby words

rectilinear, rectirostral, rectitis, rectitude, rectitudinous, recto, recto-, rectocele, rectococcygeal muscle, rectococcypexy, rectopexy

Origin of recto

1815–25; < Late Latin rēctō (foliō) on the right-hand (leaf or page), ablative of Latin rēctus right
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British Dictionary definitions for recto

recto

/ (ˈrɛktəʊ) /

noun plural -tos

the front of a sheet of printed paper
the right-hand pages of a book, bearing the odd numbersCompare verso (def. 1b)

Word Origin for recto

C19: from Latin rectus right, in rectō foliō on the right-hand page
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Word Origin and History for recto

recto


n.

"right-hand page in an open book" (opposed to verso or reverso), 1824, from Latin recto (in recto folio), ablative of rectum "right," (see right (adj.1)).

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