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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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  • Many of the questions he propounded to the junto had a scientific bearing.

    The Age of Invention Holland Thompson
  • Is there any man whose friendship you want, and which the junto, or any of them, can procure for you?

    The Printer Boy. William M. Thayer
  • The "junto" appears to have been copied in England, half a century after this period.

    The Printer Boy. William M. Thayer
  • By this junto, which met privately at Drury-house, the plot was matured.

  • The explanation of course is the selfishness or corruption of the great Whig junto.


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

  • Where else was there so soon a society—a junto—devoted to learning?

    Our Philadelphia Elizabeth Robins Pennell
  • I do not quite like your absenting yourself from that good old club, the junto.

    Benjamin Franklin Frank Luther Mott
  • Franklin was never more eclectic than when founding the junto.

    Benjamin Franklin Frank Luther Mott
  • junto: a body of men secretly united to gain some political end.

    Gulliver's Travels

    Jonathan Swift
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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Contemporary definitions for junto

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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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