Mandarin meaning

măndə-rĭn
Marked by elaborate and refined language or literary style.
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Standard Mandarin, the official language of China and Taiwan, and one of four official languages in Singapore; Putonghua, Guoyu or Huayu.
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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.

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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."

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A member of any of the nine ranks of high public officials in the Chinese Empire.
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A high government official or bureaucrat.
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A member of an elite group, especially a person having influence or high status in intellectual or cultural circles.
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A mandarin orange.
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Of, relating to, or resembling a mandarin.
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Any of a group of related dialects of Chinese spoken principally in the north and west of China.
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The official national standard spoken language of China, based on the Mandarin dialect spoken in and around Beijing.
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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.
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A member of any elite group; leading intellectual, political figure, etc., sometimes one who is pompous, arbitrary, etc.
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The most widely spoken language of China, comprising a variety of dialects.
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A deep-orange color.
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Designating or of a woman's dress in a Chinese style, often characterized by a narrow, closefitting, stand-up collar parted in the front.
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Characterized by a highly formal, self-conscious, and subtle use of language.
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(historical) A high government bureaucrat of the Chinese Empire.
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A pedantic or elitist bureaucrat.
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(often pejorative) A pedantic senior person of influence in academia or literary circles.
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A mandarin duck.
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(informal, UK) A senior civil servant.
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Pertaining to mandarins.
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Deliberately superior or complex; esoteric, elaborate.
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A mandarin orange; a small, sweet citrus fruit.
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A mandarin orange tree, Citrus reticulata.
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An orange colour.
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A branch of the Chinese languages, consisting of many dialects; Guanhua or Beifanghua.
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Origin of mandarin

  • From Spanish mandarín from Portuguese mandarim from Malay menteri from Sanskrit mantrī mantrin- counselor from mantraḥ counsel men-1 in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From mandarin (from its use in administration in imperial China)

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Dutch mandorijn or Portuguese mandarim, mandarij, from Malay menteri, manteri, from Hindi मन्त्रि (mantri), from Sanskrit मन्त्रिन् (mantrin, “minister, councillor"), from मन्त्र (mantra, “counsel, maxim, mantra") + -इन् (-in, “an agent suffix").

    From Wiktionary

  • From French mandarine, feminine of mandarin, probably formed as Etymology 1, above, from the yellow colour of the mandarins' costume.

    From Wiktionary

  • See mandarin.

    From Wiktionary