nuncio

[nuhn-shee-oh, -see-oh, noo n-]

noun, plural nun·ci·os.

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
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nuncio

noun plural -cios

RC Church a diplomatic representative of the Holy See, ranking above an internuncio and esp having ambassadorial status

Word Origin for nuncio

C16: via Italian from Latin nuntius messenger
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Word Origin and History for nuncio
n.

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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