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[nuhn-shee-oh, -see-oh, noo n-]
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noun, plural nun·ci·os.
  1. a diplomatic representative of the pope at a foreign court or capital: equal in status to an ambassador.
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Origin of nuncio

1520–30; < Italian nuncio, nunzio < Latin nūncius, nūntius messenger
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Related Words for nuncio

pontiff, diplomat, emissary, delegate, representative, minister, ambassador, deputy, envoy, agent, nuncio, pontifical, see, legate, popery, vicegerent, papacy, vatican, vicar, medium

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Historical Examples of nuncio

  • The King was in a fury, and forebade the Nuncio to pass Lyons.

    The Memoirs of Cardinal de Retz, Complete

    Jean Francois Paul de Gondi, Cardinal de Retz

  • There is some intention, I understand, of naming me as the Nuncio at Florence.

  • In this conclusion, however, the nuncio was but partially correct.

  • No one, except the friends of the nuncio, was pleased with the sermon.

  • The Nuncio was sometimes represented by his auditor, the Patriarch by his vicar.

    Giordano Bruno

    James Lewis McIntyre

British Dictionary definitions for nuncio


noun plural -cios
  1. RC Church a diplomatic representative of the Holy See, ranking above an internuncio and esp having ambassadorial status
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Word Origin for nuncio

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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