- a small group ruling a country, especially immediately after a coup d'état and before a legally constituted government has been instituted.
- a council.
- a deliberative or administrative council, especially in Spain and Latin America.
Origin of junta
Examples from the Web for junta
The students were protesting the May 22 military coup that brought a junta and Gen. Prayut to power.‘The Hunger Games’ Stars Silent on Thai Protesters
November 21, 2014
A junta can do it, using their military power to overtly or covertly control decisions at the highest level.Valerie Jarrett, Obama Consigliere—and Democracy Killer
November 12, 2014
Markov still calls Ukrainian officials “the junta,” enemies.Russia's Suspicious Humanitarian Aid for Ukraine Separatists
August 12, 2014
The junta reportedly has appointed a six-member advisory board to look after security, the economy, and laws.Up to Speed: All You Need to Know About the Thai Coup
May 27, 2014
One example is that the Russian media refers to the Ukrainian interim government as a “junta.”Inside ‘Maidan’: Sergei Loznitsa on His Ukrainian Uprising Doc and Putin’s ‘Fascist’ Regime
May 24, 2014
My mission to the junta was speedily and successfully accomplished.
Indeed, some of the junta who do not frequent the house of the senora have remarked it.
The first thing to do is to find him—before the detectives of the junta do so.
The very fellow who tried to force his way into the quarters of the Junta!Yule Logs
"The Junta will have no cause to find their confidence misplaced," replied Liniers.Ponce de Leon
- a group of military officers holding the power in a country, esp after a coup d'état
- Also called: junto a small group of men; cabal, faction, or clique
- a legislative or executive council in some parts of Latin America
Word Origin and History for junta
1620s, "Spanish legislative council," from Spanish and Portuguese junta "council, meeting, convention," from Medieval Latin iuncta "joint," from Latin iuncta, fem. past participle of iungere "to join" (see jugular).
Meaning "political or military group in power" first recorded 1640s as junto (from confusion with Spanish nouns ending in -o), originally with reference to the Cabinet Council of Charles I. Modern spelling in this sense is from 1714; popularized 1808 in connection with councils formed across Spain to resist Napoleon.
A group of military leaders who govern a country after a coup d'état.