jun·​ta ˈhu̇n-tə How to pronounce junta (audio) ˈjən- How to pronounce junta (audio)
: a council or committee for political or governmental purposes
especially : a group of persons controlling a government especially after a revolutionary seizure of power
a military junta
: junto

Examples of junta in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The junta has carried out what human rights investigators call crimes against humanity in a brutal campaign to crush the opposition. Rebecca Tan, Washington Post, 11 Apr. 2024 Fierce rebellion The junta has been fighting on multiple fronts to try to contain uprisings around the country and stabilize an economy that has wilted since the coup. Reuters, NBC News, 4 Apr. 2024 That group has achieved next to nothing and clings rather humiliatingly to a five-point plan that the junta has blatantly disregarded for the past three years. Timothy McLaughlin, The Atlantic, 4 Apr. 2024 The junta has never enjoyed full control over Myanmar and is now facing the biggest threat to its fragile hold on power. Helen Regan, CNN, 28 Mar. 2024 Opponents see the cause as equating guerrilla violence with state terror, justifying the junta’s repression of anyone deemed subversive. Isabel Debre, The Christian Science Monitor, 24 Mar. 2024 The junta refused again, but ECOWAS forces did not invade. Daniel Markind, Forbes, 21 Feb. 2024 Naypyitaw is the seat of power for the military government and home to much of its defense hardware, built in a remote area of central Myanmar about two decades ago by the previous junta that had ruled for more than two decades. Reuters, NBC News, 4 Apr. 2024 After appearing to sacrifice himself to save his community, Rick was rescued by his mysterious sometime ally, Jadis (Pollyanna McIntosh), and whisked away by helicopter to the Civic Republic, a huge civilization ruled by a military junta known as the CRM. Jessica Liese, Variety, 14 Feb. 2024

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Word History


Spanish, from feminine of junto joined, from Latin junctus, past participle of jungere to join — more at yoke

First Known Use

1622, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of junta was in 1622

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Cite this Entry

“Junta.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/junta. Accessed 24 Apr. 2024.

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jun·​ta ˈhu̇n-tə How to pronounce junta (audio) ˈjənt-ə How to pronounce junta (audio)
: a group of persons controlling a government especially after a revolution
: junto
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