noli me tangere

[ noh-lahy mee tan-juh-ree, noh-lee; Latin noh-lee me tahng-ge-re ]
/ ˈnoʊ laɪ mi ˈtæn dʒə ri, ˈnoʊ li; Latin ˈnoʊ li mɛ ˈtɑŋ gɛˌrɛ /


a person or thing that must not be touched or interfered with.
a picture representing Jesus appearing to Mary Magdalene after his resurrection.
Also no·li-me-tan·ge·re. the touch-me-not.

Words nearby noli me tangere

Origin of noli me tangere

< Latin: do not touch me (Jesus' words to Mary Magdalene) Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

Examples from the Web for noli-me-tangere

  • Noli-me-tangere, the Scotch fiddle, or other contagious disease.

    The Slang Dictionary|John Camden Hotten
  • True, she had her lovely little serene, holy, noli-me-tangere air; but I thought that would pass.

British Dictionary definitions for noli-me-tangere

/ (ˈnəʊlɪˌmeɪˈtæŋɡərɪ) /


a warning against interfering or against touching a person or thing
a work of art depicting Christ appearing to Mary Magdalene after His Resurrection
another name for touch-me-not
a cancerous ulcer affecting soft tissue and bone

Word Origin for noli-me-tangere

from Latin: do not touch me, the words spoken by Christ to Mary Magdalene (Vulgate, John 20:17)
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