- a combining form occurring in loanwords from Latin, where it meant “well”: benediction.
Origin of bene-
- note well; take notice.
de bene esse
- 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
Examples from the Web for bene
Aha, bene, bene, I thought, and then checked the pricetag: $170, if I recall.Haggling Through the Apocalypse
February 27, 2009
"Bene," said the Commendatore, and he went off whistling softly.The Eternal City
And would have bene worse if they had been men of another condition.Bradford's History of 'Plimoth Plantation'
Bene, satis, male,— Where was I with my trope 'bout one in a quag?The Book of Humorous Verse
He alighted from the box, and rushing up to Old Tom, was shouting, 'My bene—'Evan Harrington, Complete
Some approved it, and willed the samyn have bene sett furth be a law.
- note well; take noteAbbreviation: NB, N.B., nb, n.b.
Word Origin and History for bene
Latin word-forming element meaning "well," from Latin bene "well, in the right way, honorably, properly," from PIE *dw-ene-, adverbial form of root *deu- "to do, perform, show favor, revere." Cf. Latin bonus "good," bellus "handsome, fine, pretty," beatus "blessed."