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[juhn-toh] /ˈdʒʌn toʊ/
noun, plural juntos.
a self-appointed committee, especially with political aims; cabal.
Origin of junto
First recorded in 1635-45; alteration of junta Unabridged
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  • The explanation of course is the selfishness or corruption of the great Whig junto.

    Swift Leslie Stephen
  • The designs of the junto, however, were concealed as carefully as possible.

  • The following are some of the questions for the "junto," and they show that it was really a thorough and valuable organization.

    The Printer Boy. William M. Thayer
  • I do not quite like your absenting yourself from that good old club, the junto.

    Benjamin Franklin Frank Luther Mott
  • Through the aid of the junto, also, Franklin set in motion another project.

    Benjamin Franklin Paul Elmer More
  • True, the junto was leaderless for the moment, and Bucks had no very able lieutenants.

    The Grafters Francis Lynde
  • In what manner can the junto or any of them, assist you in any of your honorable designs?

  • Some junto of wise men of the party would settle that he should be deposed.

    Phineas Redux Anthony Trollope
  • Franklin was never more eclectic than when founding the junto.

    Benjamin Franklin Frank Luther Mott
  • The first step I took was to associate in the design a number of active friends, of whom the junto furnished a good part.

    Franklin's Autobiography Benjamin Franklin
British Dictionary definitions for junto


/ˈdʒʊntəʊ; ˈdʒʌn-/
noun (pl) -tos
a variant of junta (sense 2)
Word Origin
C17: variant of junta
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Word Origin and History for junto

1640s, erroneous formation of junta on model of Spanish nouns ending in -o.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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