nun·​ci·​a·​ture ˈnən(t)-sē-ə-ˌchu̇r How to pronounce nunciature (audio) ˈnu̇n(t)- How to pronounce nunciature (audio)
: a papal diplomatic mission headed by a nuncio
: the office or period of office of a nuncio

Examples of nunciature in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Excitement has been building for weeks in Juba, where colorful murals of Francis appeared on the ramshackle streets, and the authorities laid the route to the papal nunciature with a new tarmac road, still a rarity in South Sudan. Jason Horowitz Jim Huylebroek, New York Times, 3 Feb. 2023 The nunciature told him in an email that the case was submitted to the Apostolic Administrator of Barquisimeto. Ana Vanessa Herrero, Washington Post, 21 June 2022 The nunciature did not respond to a request from The Post for comment. Ana Vanessa Herrero, Washington Post, 21 June 2022 The Holy See nunciature in Mexico said Archbishop Scicluna and Msgr. Juan Montes, WSJ, 3 Mar. 2020 Lantheaume was prepared to testify that his predecessor in the nunciature had communicated Pope Benedict’s sanctions to Cardinal McCarrick. Robert P. George, WSJ, 30 Aug. 2018 Also of interest would be letters about those sanctions from the Vatican to the nunciature, from the Vatican to Cardinal Wuerl, or from a Vatican official to Archbishop Viganò. Robert P. George, WSJ, 30 Aug. 2018 The Vatican has yet to establish an embassy, called a nunciature, in the country. Elizabeth Dias, Time, 13 Sep. 2017

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Word History


Italian nunciatura, from nuncio

First Known Use

1608, in the meaning defined at sense 2

Time Traveler
The first known use of nunciature was in 1608

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“Nunciature.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 May. 2024.

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