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

Examples of recto in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Thistlewood did not, however, divide his diaries into a recto and a verso side but used both sides of his diary notebooks to write daily entries in which philosophical reflections were mixed with his activities as a slave owner. Zadie Smith, The New York Review of Books, "An ‘Invaluable’ Source," 27 Feb. 2020

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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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“Recto.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Apr. 2021.

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