Etymology
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junto (n.)

1640s, alternative formation of junta at a time when English considered Spanish nouns to properly end in -o. In U.S. history the Essex Junto (1802) were a group of extreme Massachusetts Federalists, adherents of Hamilton during the John Adams presidency and later bitter opponents of the policies of Jefferson and Madison.

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Definitions of junto

junto (n.)
a clique (often secret) that seeks power usually through intrigue;
Synonyms: cabal / faction / camarilla
From wordnet.princeton.edu