rose mandarin


See under mandarin(def 5).

Nearby words

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  4. rose madder,
  5. rose mallow,
  6. rose moss,
  7. rose noble,
  8. rose of china,
  9. rose of heaven,
  10. rose of jericho


[ man-duh-rin ]
/ ˈmæn də rɪn /



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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for rose mandarin


/ (ˈmændərɪn) /


(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 Formsmandarinate, noun

Word Origin for mandarin

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

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Word Origin and History for rose 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.

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