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noun, plural rec·tos. Printing.
  1. a right-hand page of an open book or manuscript; the front of a leaf (opposed to verso).
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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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Related Words for recto

leaf, surface, signature, side, folio, verso, recto

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Historical Examples of recto

  • (recto) "Here begynneth the prologue of this present treatyse."

    The Ship of Fools, Volume 1

    Sebastian Brandt

  • The text ends on the recto of l 6, the last page being blank.

  • Both the recto and the verso of the leaf have the full complement of 23 lines but there is a hiatus in the text.

  • In addition to the ordinary page numbers, the printed text labeled the recto (odd) pages of the first leaf of each 4-page folio.

  • Stamp date of bill and cost in book on first recto after title page: "27 June 1914 Binding 75."

    Library Bookbinding

    Arthur Low Bailey

British Dictionary definitions for recto


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


"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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