nota bene

Latin phrase

no·​ta be·​ne ˌnō-tə-ˈbē-nē How to pronounce nota bene (audio) -ˈbe- How to pronounce nota bene (audio)
used to call attention to something important

Word History

Etymology

Latin, mark well

First Known Use

circa 1721, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of nota bene was circa 1721

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Cite this Entry

“Nota bene.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/nota%20bene. Accessed 26 Nov. 2022.

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