from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A left-hand page of a book or the reverse side of a leaf, as opposed to the recto.
  • noun The back of a coin or medal.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The reverse. back, or other side of some object.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun (Print.) The reverse, or left-hand, page of a book or a folded sheet of paper; -- opposed to recto.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun The back side of a flat object which is to be examined visually, as for reading, such as a sheet or a leaf or a coin or a medal.
  • noun printing The left-hand page of a book of a script which reads from left to right, usually having an even page number.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun the side of a coin or medal that does not bear the principal design
  • noun left-hand page


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[New Latin versō (foliō), (with the page) turned, verso, from Latin versō, ablative of versus, past participle of vertere, to turn; see version.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Latin in versō foliō ("on the turned leaf, on the turned page"), the ablative of the Latin versus ("turned, changed") from the perfect passive participle of vertō ("turn"). Compare rēctus ("right").


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