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camarilla

[ kam-uh-ril-uh; Spanish kah-mah-ree-lyah, -ree-yah ]
/ ˌkæm əˈrɪl ə; Spanish ˌkɑ mɑˈri lyɑ, -ˈri yɑ /
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noun, plural cam·a·ril·las [kam-uh-ril-uhz; Spanish kah-mah-ree-lyahs, -ree-yahs]. /ˌkæm əˈrɪl əz; Spanish ˌkɑ mɑˈri lyɑs, -ˈri yɑs/.

a group of unofficial or private advisers to a person of authority, especially a group much given to intrigues and secret plots; cabal; clique.

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Origin of camarilla

1830–40; <Spanish, equivalent to camar(a) room (<Latin camera;see chamber) + -illa diminutive suffix <Latin

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British Dictionary definitions for camarilla

camarilla
/ (ˌkæməˈrɪlə, Spanish kamaˈriʎa) /

noun

a group of confidential advisers, esp formerly, to the Spanish kings; cabal

Word Origin for camarilla

C19: from Spanish: literally: a little room
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