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 (ĭn′tər-nŭn′sē-ō′, -no͝on′-)
n. pl. in·ter·nun·ci·os
A Vatican diplomatic envoy or representative ranking just beneath a nuncio. No longer in use.

[Italian internunzio, from Latin internūntius, mediator : inter-, inter- + nūntius, messenger; see nuncio.]


n, pl -cios
1. (Roman Catholic Church) an ambassador of the pope ranking immediately below a nuncio
2. a messenger, agent, or go-between
[C17: from Italian internunzio, from Latin internuntius, from inter- + nuntius messenger]


(ˌɪn tərˈnʌn ʃiˌoʊ, -siˌoʊ)

n., pl. -ci•os.
a papal ambassador ranking next below a nuncio.
[1635–45; < Italian < Latin internūntius an intermediary. See inter-, nuncio]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.internuncio - (Roman Catholic Church) a diplomatic representative of the Pope ranking below a nuncio
Church of Rome, Roman Catholic Church, Roman Church, Western Church, Roman Catholic - the Christian Church based in the Vatican and presided over by a pope and an episcopal hierarchy
diplomat, diplomatist - an official engaged in international negotiations


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