nun·​cio | \ ˈnən(t)-sē-ˌō How to pronounce nuncio (audio) , ˈnu̇n(t)- How to pronounce nuncio (audio) \
plural nuncios

Definition of nuncio

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

Examples of nuncio in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web DeGeorge wrote to Christophe Pierre, whose title as ambassador is nuncio. Michelle Boorstein, Washington Post, "W.Va. scandal muddies legacy of Vatican’s longtime fixer from Baltimore," 2 Sep. 2019 Marino had previously been papal nuncio to Bangladesh. Greg Garrison |, al, "Archbishop, guest on Finebaum show, gets new job in Rome," 11 Oct. 2019 All papal nuncios must hold the rank of archbishop. Greg Garrison |, al, "Archbishop, guest on Finebaum show, gets new job in Rome," 11 Oct. 2019 The bishops’ conference is no longer organizing the talks with the government, although the papal nuncio, Archbishop Waldemar Sommertag, is participating. Mary Beth Sheridan, Washington Post, "Spies, harassment, death threats: The Catholic Church in Nicaragua says it’s being targeted by the government," 23 July 2019 Marino has been serving as apostolic nuncio to Malaysia and East Timor, and apostolic delegate to Brunei. Greg Garrison |, al, "Archbishop, guest on Finebaum show, gets new job in Rome," 11 Oct. 2019 In August 2015, Denton reported his rape to Apuron’s superior, the apostolic nuncio for the Pacific. Washington Post, "Guam’s ex-archbishop shielded culture of clergy sex abuse," 10 Aug. 2019 Quirk wrote to diocese financial officials in a 2016 email regarding a gift that Bransfield sent to Vigano’s successor as nuncio, Christophe Pierre. The Washington Post, The Mercury News, "Report: W. Va. bishop sent diocese funds to abuse victims," 5 June 2019 Members of the public can file reports online through an independent vendor,, which then sends the allegations to two members of a Baltimore diocesan independent review board, the nuncio, and, where appropriate, to civil authorities. Jonathan M. Pitts,, "Catholic bishops pass proposal to create nationwide system to report sexual abuse complaints," 12 June 2019

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First Known Use of nuncio

1512, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for nuncio

Italian, from Latin nuntius messenger, message

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“Nuncio.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 10 Aug. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of nuncio

: a person who is the Pope's representative in a foreign country

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