Definition of verso in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈvəːsəʊ/

noun (plural versos)

1A left-hand page of an open book, or the back of a loose document. Contrasted with recto.
Example sentences
  • 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.
  • On the folded third sheet, there are speeches written on the first and third sides only, their versos being blank.
  • He kept old bills and shopping lists, then copied out his sermons on the verso sides and stitched them into handmade notebooks.
2The reverse of something such as a coin or painting.
Example sentences
  • There is a drawing of a standing female nude on the 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.
  • The image on the verso, divided into three registers, unfolds from bottom to top and from left to right.


Mid 19th century: from Latin verso (folio) 'on the turned (leaf)'.

Words that rhyme with verso


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