Definition of recto in English:



  • A right-hand page of an open book, or the front of a loose document.

    Contrasted with verso
    • ‘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).’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Each folio has a front and a back, usually now called recto and verso.’
    folio, sheet, side, leaf
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Early 19th century: from Latin recto (folio) on the right (leaf).