Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A group of confidential, often scheming advisers; a cabal.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A secret, usually sinister, group of conspiring advisors close to the leadership; a cabal

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The private audience chamber of a king.
  • n. A company of secret and irresponsible advisers, as of a king; a cabal or clique.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A company of secret counselors or advisers; a cabal; a clique.
  • n. Synonyms Faction, Junto, etc. See cabal.
  • n. A small chamber or cell, as in the brain.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a clique (often secret) that seeks power usually through intrigue

Etymologies

Spanish, diminutive of cámara, room, from Late Latin camera; see chamber.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Spanish camarilla, from cámara ("chamber") and the diminutive suffix -illa. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • The only part he can be said to have taken in public life as yet is having called the imperial attention to the Maximilian Harden allegations regarding Count Eulenburg and a court "camarilla," referred to later, and having, while sitting in a gallery of the

    William of Germany

  • Trust Teofan, but make an end of the ecclesiastical camarilla which is against thee. "

    The Minister of Evil The Secret History of Rasputin's Betrayal of Russia

  • It will, you may be sure, do what it can to help the Europhile Gordon Brown camarilla to hang onto power - a rebate here, a bung there - but Labour only has a date with electoral oblivion.

    Softly Softly Catchee Monkey

  • On the other hand Labour might have a rush of blood and evict Our Dear Leader (in itself something which the electorate do not like as it sees doing that as its prerogative and do not like it being done by a small camarilla of scheming putschists) and foist Miliband or harperson on us.

    Archive 2008-08-03

  • Thirdly all of us who hate and despise the Act and its camarilla of class warfare supporters will engage in much hollow laughter that the best the LACS can do is pick upon a couple of lurchermen who seem to have gone about their business in a particularly unsubtle way, so inviting prosecution under some law or another.

    Hobday Misses Point as Ostrich Sticks Head in Sand

  • Call it the Van Diepen Demarche, since the Chinese camarilla can boast that even America's intelligence estimate concludes the mullahs shuttered their nuclear weapons program more than four years ago.

    On Thursday, the Legg report will be published along with...

  • Each man, sulkily sheathing his sombrero, obeyed, and quitted the camarilla.

    Burlesques

  • I can assure you, dear Israeli leader, or even dear any Middle East reader, that it is a decision of Chavez alone with his camarilla.

    07/30/2006 - 08/06/2006

  • Te puedo asegurar, querido lector Israelí, o inclusive querido lector del Medio Oriente, que esto es una decisión única de Chávez y su camarilla.

    08/06/2006 - 08/13/2006

  • As Milagros Socorro wrote so eloquently a couple of months ago, the one that is in prison these days is Chavez, losing contact with reality, entrusting himself more and more to a small camarilla that manipulates all the info he gets while they pursue some dark agenda.

    Chavez threatens the US

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  • ~a group of unofficial often secret and scheming advisors; a cabal

    January 17, 2009