[ vur-soh ]
/ ˈvɜr soʊ /

noun, plural ver·sos. Printing.

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

Definition for verso (2 of 3)

pollice verso

[ pohl-li-ke wer-soh; English pol-uh-see vur-soh ]
/ ˈpoʊl lɪˌkɛ ˈwɛr soʊ; English ˈpɒl ə si ˈvɜr soʊ /

adverb Latin.

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

Definition for verso (3 of 3)

folio verso

[ foh-lee-oh vur-soh; Latin foh-lee-oh wer-soh ]
/ ˈfoʊ liˌoʊ ˈvɜr soʊ; Latin ˈfoʊ liˌoʊ ˈwɛr soʊ /


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


/ (ˈvɜːsəʊ) /

noun plural -sos

  1. the back of a sheet of printed paper
  2. Also called: reverso the 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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