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junto

[juhn-toh]
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noun, plural jun·tos.
  1. a self-appointed committee, especially with political aims; cabal.
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Origin of junto

First recorded in 1635–45; alteration of junta
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Related Words for junto

camp, band, gang, syndicate, racket, organization, circle, cartel, pool, cabal, crowd, combine, mob, corner, trust, bunch, Mafia, coterie, crew, cell

Examples from the Web for junto

Historical Examples of junto

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

    The Age of Invention

    Holland Thompson

  • The "Junto" appears to have been copied in England, half a century after this period.

    The Printer Boy.

    William M. Thayer

  • 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

  • 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.

    Swift

    Leslie Stephen


British Dictionary definitions for junto

junto

noun plural -tos
  1. a variant of junta (def. 2)
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Word Origin for junto

C17: variant of junta
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Word Origin and History for junto

n.

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

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