One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A right-hand page of an open book, or the front of a loose document.Contrasted with verso
folio, sheet, side, leafView synonyms
- ‘Take for example the important sheet from Edinburgh that shows a Drowning of Leander on the recto and The Battle of the Amazons on the verso.’
- ‘The story begins with text alone on both recto and verso.’
- ‘This is parallel translation with the Anglo-Saxon on the verso and the translation on the recto.’
- ‘However, it was very much the habit to place the blank sheet as the recto (looking at the opening of a book, the right leaf), with the miniature on the verso (looking at the open book, the left leaf).’
- ‘Each folio has a front and a back, usually now called recto and verso.’
Early 19th century: from Latin recto (folio) ‘on the right (leaf)’.
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