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

  • n. A Vatican diplomatic envoy or representative ranking just beneath a nuncio.
  • n. A messenger or an agent; a go-between.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

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

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. 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.
  • n. Hence A messenger between two parties.

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

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

Etymologies

Italian internunzio, from Latin internūntius, mediator : inter-, inter- + nūntius, messenger; see nuncio.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

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