- The definition of Mandarin is of a style of Chinese dress or food, or an elaborate style or language of China.
- An example of mandarin used as an adjective is in the phrase "mandarin dress."
- An example of mandarin used as an adjective is in the phrase "mandarin Chinese food."
- Mandarin is defined as a member of an elite group in the Chinese empire, or a widely spoken language, or a small orange fruit.
- An example of a mandarin is a member of a ruling class.
- An example of Mandarin is a language spoken in China.
- An example of a mandarin is a tiny, easy-to-peel orange typically available in the winter.
- in the Chinese Empire, a member of any of the nine ranks of high officials, each rank distinguished by a characteristic jeweled button worn on the cap
- a member of any elite group; leading intellectual, political figure, etc., sometimes one who is pompous, arbitrary, etc.
- [M-] the most widely spoken language of China, comprising a variety of dialects
- a small, sweet orange with loose rindin full mandarin orange
- the orange tree (Citrus reticulata) on which it grows
- a small, sweet orange with loose rind
- a deep-orange color
Origin of mandarinPortuguese mandarim, altered (infl. by mandar, to command from Classical Latin mandare: see mandate) from Hindi mantr?, minister of state from Sanskrit mantrin, counselor from mantár-, thinker from Indo-European base an unverified form men-, to think from source mind, Classical Greek mentór, Sanskrit mantra
- designating or of a woman's dress in a Chinese style, often characterized by a narrow, closefitting, stand-up collar parted in the front
- characterized by a highly formal, self-conscious, and subtle use of language
- A member of any of the nine ranks of high public officials in the Chinese Empire.
- A high government official or bureaucrat.
- A member of an elite group, especially a person having influence or high status in intellectual or cultural circles.
- A mandarin orange.
- Of, relating to, or resembling a mandarin.
- Marked by elaborate and refined language or literary style.
Origin of mandarinFrom Spanish mandarín from Portuguese mandarim from Malay menteri from Sanskrit mantrī mantrin- counselor from mantrah counsel ; see men-1 in Indo-European roots.
- Any of a group of related dialects of Chinese spoken principally in the north and west of China.
- The official national standard spoken language of China, based on the Mandarin dialect spoken in and around Beijing. Also called Guoyu . Also called Putonghua .
Origin of MandarinFrom mandarin ( from its use in administration in imperial China )
(comparative more mandarin, superlative most mandarin)
- Pertaining to mandarins.
- Deliberately superior or complex; esoteric, elaborate.
From Dutch mandorijn or Portuguese mandarim, mandarij, from Malay menteri, manteri, from Hindi à¤®à¤¨à¥à¤¤à¥à¤°à¤¿ (mantri), from Sanskrit à¤®à¤¨à¥à¤¤à¥à¤°à¤¿à¤¨à¥ (mantrin, “minister, councillor"), from à¤®à¤¨à¥à¤¤à¥à¤° (mantra, “counsel, maxim, mantra") + -à¤‡à¤¨à¥ (-in, “an agent suffix").
- A mandarin orange; a small, sweet citrus fruit.
- A mandarin orange tree, Citrus reticulata.
- An orange colour.
- Standard Mandarin (language of the media and education) and Mandarin Chinese (the group of Northern Chinese dialects together with Standard Mandarin) are not always interchangeable and are referred to differently in Chinese. Both are a part of the broader group of languages (see Chinese: Zhongwen, Hanyu), dialects, or topolects.