Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th 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.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • 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.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 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.

from The 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.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a group of military officers who rule a country after seizing power

Etymologies

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)
From Spanish junta, feminine form of junto, from Latin iunctus, perfect passive participle of iungō ("join"). 1623. (Wiktionary)

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  • Myanmar's junta has been restricting aid efforts in his cyclone stricken country.

    June 11, 2008