Origin of mandarin
Examples from the Web for mandarin
Sandwiched in between was a “Potbelly Punch” of SoCal Fruit Punch and mandarin vodka.
In the original Marvel comic books, the Mandarin was born and bred in China, a descendant of Genghis Khan no less.Did Hollywood Collaborate With Hitler? A New Book Makes Bold Claims.|Christopher Bray|September 9, 2013|DAILY BEAST
But there is one important thing they do not know, which is what it is like to be anyone except a mandarin.
To the extent that the "Tiger Mom" phenomenon is actually real, it's arguably the cultural legacy of the Mandarin system.
And thus the separation of the mandarin class grows ever more complete.
Yes, take it, and keep it for my sake; you know that I broke your mandarin.The Bracelets|Maria Edgeworth
She gave orders that when Mrs. Stonehouse arrived with her daughter they were to be shown at once into the Mandarin drawing-room.The Man|Bram Stoker
But the mandarin had other designs, and his daughter was promised to an old but wealthy suitor.Chats on Old Earthenware|Arthur Hayden
They all walked towards the Mandarin's house—the two Englishmen alongside their horses.The Life of Gordon, Volume I|Demetrius Charles Boulger
Richard glanced towards Mr. Gwynn, and that great man gave his mandarin bow.The President|Alfred Henry Lewis
British Dictionary definitions for mandarin
- a small citrus tree, Citrus nobilis, cultivated for its edible fruit
- the fruit of this tree, resembling the tangerine
Word Origin for mandarin
Word Origin and History for mandarin
"Chinese official," 1580s, via Portuguese mandarim or older Dutch mandorijn from Malay mantri, from Hindi mantri "councilor, minister of state," from Sanskrit mantri, nominative of mantrin- "advisor," from mantra "counsel," from PIE root *men- "to think" (see mind (n.)).
Form influenced in Portuguese by mandar "to command, order." Used generically for the several grades of Chinese officials; sense of "chief dialect of Chinese" (spoken by officials and educated people) is from c.1600. Transferred sense of "important person" attested by 1907. The type of small, deep-colored orange so called from 1771, from resemblance of its color to that of robes worn by mandarins.