- a self-appointed committee, especially with political aims; cabal.
Origin of junto
First recorded in 1635–45; alteration of junta
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Examples from the Web for junto
Many of the questions he propounded to the Junto had a scientific bearing.The Age of Invention
The "Junto" appears to have been copied in England, half a century after this period.
Is there any man whose friendship you want, and which the Junto, or any of them, can procure for you?
By this junto, which met privately at Drury-house, the plot was matured.Memoirs of the Court of Queen Elizabeth
The explanation of course is the selfishness or corruption of the great Whig junto.Swift
- a variant of junta (def. 2)
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.
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