- The definition of a cabal is a scheme or a group of schemers.
An example of a cabal is a group of students planning to pull a senior prank.
cabal definition by Webster's New World
- a small group of persons joined in a secret, often political, intrigue; junta
- the intrigues of such a group; plot
Origin: French intrigue, society (popularized in England from the initials of the ministers of Charles II) ; from Midieval Latin cabbala, cabala
cabal definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- A conspiratorial group of plotters or intriguers: “Espionage is quite precisely it—a cabal of powerful men, working secretly” (Frank Conroy).
- A secret scheme or plot.
Origin: French cabale, from Medieval Latin cabala; see kabbalah.