[ hoon-tuh, juhn‐, huhn‐ ]
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  1. a small group ruling a country, especially immediately after a coup d'état and before a legally constituted government has been instituted.

  2. a council.

  1. 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 For junta

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/. The 20th century has seen the emergence and, especially in North America, the gradual predominance of the pronunciation [hoon-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.

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British Dictionary definitions for junta


/ (ˈdʒʊntə, ˈdʒʌn-, US ˈhʊntə) /

  1. a group of military officers holding the power in a country, esp after a coup d'état

  2. Also called: junto a small group of men; cabal, faction, or clique

  1. a legislative or executive council in some parts of Latin America

Origin of junta

C17: from Spanish: council, from Latin junctus joined, from jungere to join

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Cultural definitions for junta


[ (hoon-tuh, jun-tuh) ]

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

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