mandarin

[ man-duh-rin ]
/ ˈmæn də rɪn /

noun

adjective

of or relating to a mandarin or mandarins.
elegantly refined, as in language or taste.

Origin of mandarin

1580–90; < Portuguese mandarim, alteration (by association with mandar to order) of Malay məntəri < Hindi mantrī, Sanskrit mantrin councilor
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mandarin

/ (ˈmændərɪn) /

noun

(in the Chinese Empire) a member of any of the nine senior grades of the bureaucracy, entered by examinations
a high-ranking official whose powers are extensive and thought to be outside political control
a person of standing and influence, as in literary or intellectual circles
  1. a small citrus tree, Citrus nobilis, cultivated for its edible fruit
  2. the fruit of this tree, resembling the tangerine

Derived Forms

mandarinate, noun

Word Origin for mandarin

C16: from Portuguese mandarim, via Malay menteri from Sanskrit mantrin counsellor, from mantra counsel
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