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[nuhn-shee-oh, -see-oh, noo n-] /ˈnʌn ʃiˌoʊ, -siˌoʊ, ˈnʊn-/
noun, plural nuncios.
a diplomatic representative of the pope at a foreign court or capital: equal in status to an ambassador.
Origin of nuncio
1520-30; < Italian nuncio, nunzio < Latin nūncius, nūntius messenger Unabridged
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/ˈnʌnʃɪˌəʊ; -sɪ-/
noun (pl) -cios
(RC Church) a diplomatic representative of the Holy See, ranking above an internuncio and esp having ambassadorial status
Word Origin
C16: via Italian from Latin nuntius messenger
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Word Origin and History for nuncio

papal envoy, 1520s, from older Italian nuncio (now nunzio), from Latin nuntius "messenger," from PIE root *neu- "to shout" (cf. Greek neuo "to nod, beckon," Old Irish noid "make known").

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