- A messenger.(Obs)
- 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.
Etymology: It. nunzio nuncio, fr. L. nuncius nuntius, messenger; perh. akin to novus new, E. new, and thus, one who brings news. Cf. Announce