Definition of nota bene in English:

nota bene


  • in imperative (used in written text to draw attention to what follows) observe carefully or take special notice.

    • ‘He became the patron and mentor of the younger poets, welcoming all innovations, as opposed to Jeffers the loner whom, nota bene, he mercilessly bashed in his essays.’
    • ‘Gentle reader, nota bene this post has footnotes.’
    • ‘But, nota bene, his blessings flow only in the direction of those who are already virtuous.’
    • ‘Many years ago, when the Lady Novelist (now nota bene a Professor in her own right) and I got married, some cousins of mine gave us a pair of Georgian spoons.’
    • ‘It was not even Hitler, nota bene, who was analogous in Mrs. Woolf's mind to the domineering husband, but the man who proposed to stand up to Hitler.’


Latin, literally ‘note well!’.


nota bene

/ˌnəʊtə ˈbɛneɪ/