nuncio (plural nuncios)
- Ecclesiastic title of a permanent diplomatic representative of the Roman Catholic Church to a sovereign state or international organisation, accorded rank equivalent to an accredited ambassador, and may also be given additional privileges including recognition as Dean in a country’s diplomatic corps.
- One who bears a message; a messenger.
1672, Sir Thomas Browne, A Letter to a Friend, § 2:
- Altho at this distance you had no early Account or Particular of his Death; yet your Affection may cease to wonder that you had not some secret Sense or Intimation thereof by Dreams, thoughtful Whisperings, Mercurisms, Airy Nuncio’s, or sympathetical Insinuations, which many seem to have had at the Death of their dearest Friends.
- (historical) Any member of any Sejm of the Kingdom of Poland, Polish–Lithuanian Commonwealth, Galicia (of the Austrian Partition), Duchy of Warsaw, Congress Poland, or Grand Duchy of Posen.
title used for Catholic clerics
one who bears a message — see messenger
member of a Sejm of a Polish realm
- A New English Dictionary on Historical Principles (1st ed.), volume VI (L–N), part ii (M–N, 1908), § 2 (N, ed. William Alexander Craigie), page 263 s.v. “Nuncio”
- nuncio in Charlton T. Lewis (1891) An Elementary Latin Dictionary, New York: Harper & Brothers
nuncio m (plural nuncios)