noli me tangere


no·​li me tan·​ge·​re ˌnō-lē-(ˌ)mē-ˈtan-jə-rē How to pronounce noli me tangere (audio)
: a warning against touching or interference

Word History


Latin, do not touch me; from Jesus' words to Mary Magdalene (John 20:17)

First Known Use

1591, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of noli me tangere was in 1591

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Cite this Entry

“Noli me tangere.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 May. 2024.

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