Definition of noli me tangere in US English:

noli me tangere


  • 1A warning or prohibition against meddling or interference.

    1. 1.1 A painting representing the appearance of Jesus to Mary Magdalen at the sepulcher (John 20:17).
      • ‘Michelangelo eventually executed a cartoon for a Noli Me Tangere: two preparatory studies for this cartoon and a pictorial version attributed by some scholars to Pontormo are in Casa Buonarroti’s collections.’
  • 2

    another term for touch-me-not


Latin, literally ‘do not touch me’.


noli me tangere

/ˈnōlē ˌmā ˈtäNGɡəˌrā/