Definition of nota bene in US English:

nota bene

(also N.B., n.b.)


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

    • ‘But, nota bene, his blessings flow only in the direction of those who are already virtuous.’
    • ‘Gentle reader, nota bene this post has footnotes.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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

/ˌnōdə ˈbenē/