Definition of junta noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˈdʒʌntə//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈhʊntə//
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a military government that has taken power by force The civilian junta appointed a prime minister. Word Originearly 17th cent. (originally referring to a deliberative or administrative council in Spain or Portugal): from Spanish and Portuguese, from Latin juncta, feminine past participle of jungere ‘to join’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: junta