Definition of obverse noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈɒbvɜːs//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈɑːbvɜːrs//
    (also the obverse) [singular]
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  1. 1(formal) the opposite of something The obverse of love is hate.
  2. 2(specialist) the side of a coin or medal that has the head or main design on it
  3. Word Originmid 17th cent. (in the sense ‘turned towards the observer’): from Latin obversus, past participle of obvertere ‘turn towards’, from ob- ‘towards’ + vertere ‘to turn’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: obverse