camarilla

[kam-uh-ril-uh; Spanish kah-mah-ree-lyah, -ree-yah]
noun, plural camarillas [kam-uh-ril-uhz; Spanish kah-mah-ree-lyahs, -ree-yahs] .
a group of unofficial or private advisers to a person of authority, especially a group much given to intrigues and secret plots; cabal; clique.

Origin:
1830–40; < Spanish, equivalent to camar(a) room (< Latin camera; see chamber) + -illa diminutive suffix < Latin

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camarilla (ˌkæməˈrɪlə, Spanish kamaˈriʎa)
 
n
a group of confidential advisers, esp formerly, to the Spanish kings; cabal
 
[C19: from Spanish: literally: a little room]

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Unofficial committees often get unflattering labels such as junta, camarilla or cabal.
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