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NOUN (1)

1. (Roman Catholic Church) a diplomatic representative of the Pope having ambassadorial status;
[syn: nuncio, papal nuncio]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Nuncio \Nun"ci*o\, n.; pl. Nuncios. [It. nunzio, nuncio, fr. L. nuncius, nuntius, messenger; perh. akin to novus new, E. new, and thus, one who brings news. Cf. Announce.] [1913 Webster] 1. A messenger. [Obs.] --Shak. [1913 Webster] 2. The permanent official representative of the pope at a foreign court or seat of government. Distinguished from a legate a latere, whose mission is temporary in its nature, or for some special purpose. Nuncios are of higher rank than internuncios. [1913 Webster]
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):

nuncio n 1: (Roman Catholic Church) a diplomatic representative of the Pope having ambassadorial status [syn: nuncio, papal nuncio]
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:

48 Moby Thesaurus words for "nuncio": Hermes, Iris, Mercury, Paul Revere, Pheidippides, ambassador, ambassadress, apostolic delegate, attache, career diplomat, carrier, chancellor, charge, commercial attache, commissionaire, consul, consul general, consular agent, courier, diplomat, diplomatic, diplomatic agent, diplomatic courier, diplomatist, emissary, envoy, envoy extraordinary, estafette, express, foreign service officer, go-between, internuncio, legate, message-bearer, messenger, military attache, minister, minister plenipotentiary, minister resident, plenipotentiary, post, postboy, postrider, resident, runner, secretary of legation, vice-consul, vice-legate
Bouvier's Law Dictionary, Revised 6th Ed (1856):

NUNCIO. The name given to the Pope's ambassador. Nuncios are ordinary or extraordinary; the former are sent upon usual missions, the latter upon special occasions.