a combining form occurring in loanwords from Latin, where it meant “well”: benediction.

Origin of bene-

combining form of bene (adv.) well (< *dwenē), akin to bonus good (< *dwenos)

Definition for bene (2 of 3)

nota bene
[ noh-tah be-ne; English noh-tuh bey-nee, ben-ee, bee-nee ]
/ ˈnoʊ tɑ ˈbɛ nɛ; English ˈnoʊ tə ˈbeɪ ni, ˈbɛn i, ˈbi ni /


note well; take notice.

Definition for bene (3 of 3)

de bene esse
[ di bee-nee es-ee, dee, dey bey-ney es-ey ]
/ dɪ ˈbi ni ˈɛs i, di, deɪ ˈbeɪ neɪ ˈɛs eɪ /

adverb Law.

of validity for the time being but subject to objection or nullification at a later date; provisionally: to take evidence de bene esse to ensure against its loss.

Origin of de bene esse

First recorded in 1595–1605, de bene esse is from the Medieval Latin word dē bene esse of well-being Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

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British Dictionary definitions for bene

nota bene
/ Latin (ˈnəʊtə ˈbiːnɪ) /

note well; take noteAbbreviation: NB, N.B., nb, n.b.
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