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



BrE BrE//kəˈbæl//
; NAmE NAmE//kəˈbæl//
, also NAmE//ˈbɑːl//
(formal, usually disapproving)
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a small group of people who are involved in secret plans to get political power Word Originlate 16th cent. (denoting the Kabbalah): from French cabale, from medieval Latin cabala, cabbala, from Rabbinical Hebrew qabbālāh ‘tradition’, from qibbēl ‘receive, accept’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: cabal