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mandarin

  

      n  
1    (in the Chinese Empire) a member of any of the nine senior grades of the bureaucracy, entered by examinations  
2    a high-ranking official whose powers are extensive and thought to be outside political control  
3    a person of standing and influence, as in literary or intellectual circles  
4   
a    a small citrus tree, Citrus nobilis, cultivated for its edible fruit  
b    the fruit of this tree, resembling the tangerine  
     (C16: from Portuguese mandarim, via Malay menteri from Sanskrit mantrin counsellor, from mantra counsel)  
  mandarinate      n  


Mandarin Chinese   , Mandarin  
      n   the official language of China since 1917; the form of Chinese spoken by about two thirds of the population and taught in schools throughout China  
   See also       Chinese       Pekingese  
Mandarin collar  
      n   a high stiff round collar  
mandarin duck  
      n   an Asian duck, Aix galericulata, the male of which has a brightly coloured and patterned plumage and crest  
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Mandarin Chinese   , Mandarin         
      n   the official language of China since 1917; the form of Chinese spoken by about two thirds of the population and taught in schools throughout China  
   See also       Chinese       Pekingese  


mandarin  
      n  
1    (in the Chinese Empire) a member of any of the nine senior grades of the bureaucracy, entered by examinations  
2    a high-ranking official whose powers are extensive and thought to be outside political control  
3    a person of standing and influence, as in literary or intellectual circles  
4   
a    a small citrus tree, Citrus nobilis, cultivated for its edible fruit  
b    the fruit of this tree, resembling the tangerine  
     (C16: from Portuguese mandarim, via Malay menteri from Sanskrit mantrin counsellor, from mantra counsel)  
  mandarinate      n  
Mandarin collar  
      n   a high stiff round collar  
mandarin duck  
      n   an Asian duck, Aix galericulata, the male of which has a brightly coloured and patterned plumage and crest  

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