recto

noun
rec·​to | \ ˈrek-(ˌ)tō How to pronounce recto (audio) \
plural rectos

Definition of recto

1 : the side of a leaf (as of a manuscript) that is to be read first
2 : a right-hand page — compare verso

First Known Use of recto

1810, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for recto

New Latin recto (folio) on the right-hand leaf

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The first known use of recto was in 1810

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