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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]