noun, plural ver·sos. Printing.

a left-hand page of an open book or manuscript (opposed to recto).

Nearby words

  1. versification,
  2. versify,
  3. versine,
  4. version,
  5. versioning,
  6. verst,
  7. versus,
  8. vert,
  9. vert.,
  10. vertebr-

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.

with thumbs turned downward: the sign made by spectators calling for the death of a defeated gladiator in the ancient Roman circus.

folio verso

[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

From Latin Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for 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
the side of a coin opposite to the obverse; reverse

Word Origin for verso

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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