nota bene

Latin phrase
no·ta be·ne | \ˌnō-tə-ˈbē-nē, -ˈbe- \

Definition of nota bene 

used to call attention to something important

First Known Use of nota bene

circa 1721, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for nota bene

Latin, mark well

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