noun, plural jun·tos.

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

Historical Examples of junto

  • 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

British Dictionary definitions for junto


noun plural -tos

a variant of junta (def. 2)

Word Origin for junto

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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