- an assembly or council; esp., a Spanish or Latin American legislative or administrative body
- a group of political intriguers; esp., such a group, of military men in power after a coup d'étatalso jun′to
Origin of juntaSpanish from Classical Latin juncta, feminine of junctus, past participle of jungere, to join
- A group of military officers ruling a country after seizing power.
- A council or small legislative body in a government, especially in Central or South America.
Origin of juntaSpanishPortuguese conference probably from Vulgar Latin iūncta from feminine past participle of Latin iungere to join ; see yeug- in Indo-European roots.
Usage Note: For a long time this 18th-century borrowing from Spanish was pronounced (jŭn′tə) by English speakers on both sides of the Atlantic. By the middle of the 20th century, however, the pronunciation (h&oobrev;n′tə), an approximation of the Spanish pronunciation, had gained currency in the US. This word is now usually pronounced (h&oobrev;n′tə) in American English and (jŭn′tə) in British English.