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camarilla

[kam-uh-ril-uh; Spanish kah-mah-ree-lyah, -ree-yah] /ˌkæm əˈrɪl ə; Spanish ˌkɑ mɑˈri lyɑ, -ˈri yɑ/
noun, plural camarillas
[kam-uh-ril-uh z; Spanish kah-mah-ree-lyahs, -ree-yahs] /ˌkæm əˈrɪl əz; Spanish ˌkɑ mɑˈri lyɑs, -ˈri yɑs/ (Show IPA)
1.
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
1830-1840
1830-40; < Spanish, equivalent to camar(a) room (< Latin camera; see chamber) + -illa diminutive suffix < Latin
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  • Unofficial committees often get unflattering labels such as junta, camarilla or cabal.
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camarilla

/ˌkæməˈrɪlə; Spanish kamaˈriʎa/
noun
1.
a group of confidential advisers, esp formerly, to the Spanish kings; cabal
Word Origin
C19: from Spanish: literally: a little room
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