Definition of verso in English:



  • 1A left-hand page of an open book, or the back of a loose document.

    Contrasted with recto
    • ‘The verso of each panel, the even numbers in the series, presents a more static scene without a framing device.’
    • ‘This is parallel translation with the Anglo-Saxon on the verso and the translation on the recto.’
    • ‘On the verso (when folded) of that catalog, Stanley introduced its ‘No.1 Odd-Jobs Combination Tool.’’
    • ‘The book has been offset from the US edition but you wouldn't know this from the title verso.’
    • ‘On the verso where the poem concludes the page is divided into two columns with this hemistich division.’
    • ‘Happily, the verso of the title page tells us why: it's printed in 11.75 point on 15.5 point Minion, with 33 lines to the page in Royal Octavo size.’
    • ‘He kept old bills and shopping lists, then copied out his sermons on the verso sides and stitched them into handmade notebooks.’
    • ‘The story begins with text alone on both recto and verso.’
    • ‘The content of this message, the ‘golden proclamation,’ is given in verbal form on the verso.’
    • ‘On the folded third sheet, there are speeches written on the first and third sides only, their versos being blank.’
    • ‘For Schor, this attention to interpretive enjoyment includes both recto and verso, pictorial and scriptural.’
    folio, sheet, side, leaf
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  • 2The reverse of something such as a coin or painting.

    • ‘Posthumous prints have a little marking in Japanese characters on verso.’
    • ‘The image on the verso, divided into three registers, unfolds from bottom to top and from left to right.’
    • ‘The spindles could be turned to see each sculpture's equally intricate verso.’
    • ‘Since his picture of Hercules was so small (17 c [m.sup.2]), Raphael may have painted them for his patron as a parodic verso.’
    • ‘Yet the explanation could be far more prosaic - that John's image (unlike those of Mark and Luke at least) had a blank verso.’
    • ‘On the verso, two decades later, Balla painted a photo-based commemoration of Mussolini's 1922 march on Rome.’
    • ‘They are then brush-signed and numbered ‘in verso.’’
    • ‘There is a drawing of a standing female nude on the verso.’
    • ‘Bulgarian National Bank will issue a Baba Marta coloured coin with a martenitsa on its verso on February 28.’
    • ‘The lockets of some of Brown's miniatures from the 1840s retain a space on the verso to hold a lock of hair, as is typical of earlier lockets.’
    reverse, reverse side, other side, underside
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Mid 19th century: from Latin verso (folio) on the turned (leaf).