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

Examples of nuncio in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Ukraine has passed messages and lists of names to the papal nuncio in Kyiv, Archbishop Visvaldas Kulbokas, who forwards them via the Holy See to the Russian Orthodox Church in Moscow, according to a Ukrainian official who spoke on the condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the matter. Isobel Koshiw, Washington Post, 24 Oct. 2023 Ortega kicked out the papal nuncio, the Vatican's top diplomat in March. Megan Janetsky, ajc, 13 Feb. 2023 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

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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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“Nuncio.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 12 Apr. 2024.

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plural nuncios
: a papal representative to a civil government

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