junta (chiefly U.S.)
1 a group of military officers holding the power in a country, esp. after a coup d'état
2 (Also called)
junto a small group of men; cabal, faction, or clique
3 a legislative or executive council in some parts of Latin America
(C17: from Spanish: council, from Latin junctus joined, from jungere to join)
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