American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A group of military officers ruling a country after seizing power.
- n. A council or small legislative body in a government, especially in Central or South America.
- n. A junto.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A meeting; a council. See junto.
- n. Specifically In Spain, a consultative or legislative assembly, either for the whole country or for one of its separate parts. The most celebrated juntas in history were that convened by Napoleon in 1808 and the later revolutionary juntas.
- n. A council; a convention; a tribunal; an assembly; especially, the grand council of state in Spain.
- n. The ruling council of a military dictatorship.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. A council; a convention; a tribunal; an assembly; esp., the grand council of state in Spain.
- n. A junto.
- n. A small committee or group self-appointed to serve as the government of a country, usually just after a coup d'etat or revolution, and often composed primarily of military men. The term is used mostly in Latin American countries.
- n. a group of military officers who rule a country after seizing power
- From Spanish junta, feminine form of junto, from Latin iunctus, perfect passive participle of iungō ("join"). 1623. (Wiktionary)
- Spanish and Portuguese, conference, probably from Vulgar Latin *iūncta, from feminine past participle of Latin iungere, to join; see yeug- in Indo-European roots. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“The distinct possibility that such things are being said to draw out the tenure of the junta is real.”
“Mr. Thaksin, who was ousted in 2006 by military junta, is now living in self-exile to evade imprisonment on a corruption conviction.”
“Take 1973 Chile, for example, or, for that matter, pretty much any Latin American junta take-over.”
“But they may not do so after the junta is toppled.”
“It also approved a visit -- expected Thursday -- from U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, whose phone calls the junta refused to take earlier.”
“Others have simply "disappeared," as if the U.S. government were some Latin American junta whose generals wear gold-braided epaulets as big as vultures.”
“One thing to remember about the US and scandal and what the junta is getting away with.”
“Now the Bushite junta is holding him for “aiding terrorism” (because he traveled to Pakistan or Afghanistan I forget which).”
“Japanese write as a repetition of the syllables jun-ta; and the name junta is sometimes given to the grasshopper itself.”
“By the second – A junta is to be named, composed of two deputies from each department, elected by his Excellency the”
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