ver·​so ˈvər-(ˌ)sō How to pronounce verso (audio)
plural versos
: the side of a leaf (as of a manuscript) that is to be read second
: a left-hand page compare recto

Examples of verso in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The unassuming, hour/minute recto side of the dial hides all the action on the verso (or chrono) side. Justin Fenner, Robb Report, 3 Apr. 2023 Mike Kelley and Bret Ellis are different creatures, and yet linked in their use of the yearbook as a kind of primary document, and in their treatment of school as the institutional foundation for the most private dream and for its verso, the nightmare. Lisa Wells, Harper’s Magazine , 13 Mar. 2023 On the recto, the Angel Gabriel seems to float down to Mary in the cloud-like oval and, on the verso, the risen Christ ascends from the same spot toward heaven. Judith H. Dobrzynski, WSJ, 12 Mar. 2022 In one section, the prose is more clearly read by following recto pages separately from the verso. R. O. Kwon, The New Yorker, 9 Nov. 2022 Your print is framed, and no information in the margins or the verso is available. oregonlive, 2 Oct. 2021 Don’t miss the cheeky verso of a double-sided painting of an angelic nun at prayer. Cate McQuaid,, 6 July 2018 See More

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Word History


New Latin verso (folio) the page being turned

First Known Use

1839, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of verso was in 1839

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“Verso.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Feb. 2024.

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