nota bene[nō′tə bē′nē, nō′tä bā′nā]
Origin of nota beneClassical Latin
Origin of nota beneLatin notā bene, note well : notā, sing. imperative of notāre, to note + bene, well.
(plural notate bene)
- (imperative) Take special note; used to add an aside or warning to a text.
- As with the Latin phrases id est and exempli gratia, nota bene is now more commonly encountered in its abbreviated form n.b.
- In Latin, notā is the singular present active imperative form of notō (“I mark”, “I note”, “I observe”), whose plural equivalent is notāte; consequently, in English, when addressing an audience of more than one person, the plural form notate bene is occasionally used instead of the singular. This practice is not necessary in English; nota bene is regarded as correct usage irrespective of number by all but the most pedantic language users. The abbreviation n.b. may stand for either.
- (rare, informal) An instance of the phrase nota bene or its variant spellings. Also, By extension:
- Any indication similar in nature to nota bene.
- Something deserving of close attention or of careful notice.
From Classical Latin notā bene (“note well”). See the Latin section’s etymology for further information.
nota bene - Computer Definition
A Windows word processor with enhanced features for writers from Nota Bene Associates, Inc., New York (www.notabene.com). The Scholar's Workstation package includes the Nota Bene word processor, Ibidem bibliographic manager and Orbis text retrieval system. Lingua Workstation is Scholar's Workstation plus an advanced multi-lingual module that adds support for Greek, Hebrew, Cyrillic, the International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA) and additional characters in the Roman alphabet. Based on the XyWrite word processing engine, Nota Bene was originally developed in 1983 for DOS by Dragonfly Software.