camarilla [kam-uh-ril-uh; Spanish kah-mah-ree-lyah, -ree-yah]
noun, plural camarillas [kam-uh-ril-uh z; Spanish kah-mah-ree-lyahs, -ree-yahs]
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: 1830-40; < Spanish, equivalent to camar (a) room (< Latin camera; see chamber ) + -illa diminutive suffix < Latin
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