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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A Vatican diplomatic envoy or representative ranking just beneath a nuncio. No longer in use.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun An official representative or ambassador of the papacy at a minor court, in distinction from a nuncio, who is its representative at a more important court.
  • noun Hence A messenger between two parties.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun A messenger between two parties.
  • noun A representative, or chargé d'affaires, of the pope at a foreign court or seat of government, ranking next below a nuncio.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun A diplomatic representative of the Pope ranking below a nuncio
  • noun A messenger or go-between

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun (Roman Catholic Church) a diplomatic representative of the Pope ranking below a nuncio

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

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

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