camarilla

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Borrowed from Spanish camarilla, from cámara (chamber) and the diminutive suffix -illa.

Noun[edit]

camarilla (plural camarillas)

  1. A secret, usually sinister, group of conspiring advisors close to the leadership; a cabal.
    • 1990, Wall Street Journal, September 20
      The same lack of accountability has been even more disastrous for the two state-owned banks, which exist primarily to funnel IMF and World Bank funds to the president and his camarilla in the form of unsecured loans.
    • 2013, Simon Winder, Danubia, Picador 2014, p. 369:
      The negotiation dripped with bad faith on both sides, with a powerful Austrian camarilla always seeing it as a short-term deal with the Hungarians to be followed by retribution in due course.

French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Spanish camarilla.

Noun[edit]

camarilla f (plural camarillas)

  1. camarilla

Italian[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Spanish camarilla.

Noun[edit]

camarilla f (plural camarille)

  1. camarilla

Further reading[edit]

  • camarilla in Treccani.it – Vocabolario Treccani on line, Istituto dell'Enciclopedia Italiana

Spanish[edit]

Etymology[edit]

cámara (chamber) +‎ -illa (diminutive suffix)

Noun[edit]

camarilla f (plural camarillas)

  1. a secret, usually sinister, group of conspiring advisors close to the leadership; a cabal
    • "El objetivo implícito de esta línea de pensamiento es un mundo de pesadilla en el que el líder, o alguna camarilla gobernante, controla no sólo el futuro sino también el pasado." — George Orwell, «Mirando hacia atrás a la guerra civil española.» (otoño de 1942)

Descendants[edit]

  • English: camarilla
  • French: camarilla
  • Italian: camarilla

Further reading[edit]