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[hoo n-tuh, juhn‐, huhn‐] /ˈhʊn tə, ˈdʒʌn‐, ˈhʌn‐/
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
1615-25; < Spanish: a meeting, noun use of feminine of Latin junctus, past participle of jungere to join; see junction
Pronunciation note
When the word junta was borrowed into English from Spanish in the early 17th century, its pronunciation was thoroughly Anglicized to
[juhn-tuh] /ˈdʒʌn tə/ (Show IPA).
The 20th century has seen the emergence and, especially in North America, the gradual predominance of the pronunciation
[hoo n-tuh] /ˈhʊn tə/
derived from Spanish
[hoon-tah] /ˈhun tɑ/
through reassociation with the word's Spanish origins. A hybrid form
[huhn-tuh] /ˈhʌn tə/
is also heard. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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/ˈdʒʊntə; ˈdʒʌn-; US ˈhʊntə/
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
C17: from Spanish: council, from Latin junctus joined, from jungere to join
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Contemporary definitions for junta

a closely knit group; clique; also called junto

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Latin jungere 'to join''s 21st Century Lexicon
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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.

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junta in Culture
junta [(hoon-tuh, jun-tuh)]

A group of military leaders who govern a country after a coup d'état.

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