Definition of internuntius in US English:


(also internuncius)


  • 1A messenger or mediator between two parties; especially (in early use) an intermediary between God and mankind.

  • 2Roman Catholic Church. A papal envoy to a foreign court or government; = internuncio. Now chiefly historical and rare.

  • 3A diplomatic representative of a foreign government at the court of the Ottoman sultan; especially a representative of the Austrian Empire; = internuncio. Now historical and rare.


Mid 17th century. From classical Latin internuntius messenger, intermediary from inter- + nuntius.