What does Camarilla mean?

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ˌkæm əˈrɪl ə, -ˈri əCa·mar·il·la

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Princeton's WordNet

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


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

    Etymology: From camarilla, from cámara and the diminutive suffix -illa.


  1. A camarilla is a group of courtiers or favourites who surround a king or ruler. Usually, they do not hold any office or have any official authority at the royal court but influence their ruler behind the scenes. Consequently, they also escape having to bear responsibility for the effects of their advice. The term derives from the Spanish word camarilla (diminutive of cámara), meaning "little chamber" or private cabinet of the king. It was first used of the circle of cronies around Spanish King Ferdinand VII (reigned 1814-1833). The term involves what is known as cronyism. The term also entered other languages like the German and Greek, and is used in the sense given above. A similar concept in modern politics is that of a Kitchen Cabinet, which is often composed of unelected advisers bypassing traditional governance practices.

Webster Dictionary

  1. the private audience chamber of a king

    Etymology: [Sp., a small room.]

  2. a company of secret and irresponsible advisers, as of a king; a cabal or clique

    Etymology: [Sp., a small room.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. kam-ar-il′a, n. a body of secret intriguers, esp. of a court party against a king's legitimate ministers: a small room. [Sp. dim. of camara, a chamber.]

The Nuttall Encyclopedia

  1. a name of recent origin in Spain for a clique of private counsellors at court, who interpose between the legitimate ministers and the crown.

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  1. The numerical value of Camarilla in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. The numerical value of Camarilla in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

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