plural nuncios
: a papal legate of the highest rank permanently accredited to a civil government

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web In 2016, Pope Francis appointed Russell as apostolic nuncio to Turkey and Turkmenistan, and gave him that same year the title of archbishop. Niraj Warikoo, Detroit Free Press, 3 Aug. 2022 Among those who denounced him were respected conservative politicians and the papal nuncio in Munich, Eugenio Pacelli, who would later become Pope Pius XII. Michael Brenner, Smithsonian Magazine, 29 June 2022 The man on the other end of the line identified himself as the papal nuncio. Frank E. Lockwood, Arkansas Online, 30 May 2022 In 2016, Pope Francis appointed Russell as apostolic nuncio to Turkey and Turkmenistan. Niraj Warikoo, Detroit Free Press, 23 May 2022 So have all the ambassadors in Kyiv except the one from Poland and the papal nuncio from the Vatican. Waldemar Januszczak For The Times, Robb Report, 19 Apr. 2022 On Saturday, the Vatican announced that the Nicaraguan government had expelled the papal nuncio, Msgr. Washington Post, 12 Mar. 2022 The nuncio asked him to describe those elements in a letter. Paul Elie, The New Yorker, 20 Nov. 2020 The Vatican nuncio to Mexico, Archbishop Franco Coppola, posted the unsigned guidance on his Facebook page Sunday. Nicole Winfield,, 2 Nov. 2020 See More

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Word History


Italian, from Latin nuntius messenger, message

First Known Use

1512, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of nuncio was in 1512

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Cite this Entry

“Nuncio.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Nov. 2022.

Kids Definition

plural nuncios
: a papal representative to a civil government

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