Definitions for Mandarinˈmæn də rɪn

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

man•da•rinˈmæn də rɪn(n.)

  1. (in the Chinese Empire) a member of any of the nine ranks of public officials.

    Category: Western History

  2. (cap.) a more or less uniform spoken form of the Chinese language based loosely on the dialect of Beijing and used by officials in late imperial China. the group of related Chinese dialects, including Mandarin and the modern standard language, spoken in SW, central, and N China and in Manchuria.

    Category: Peoples

  3. a small spiny Chinese citrus tree, Citrus reticulata, bearing flattish orange-yellow to deep orange loose-skinned fruit. this fruit, some hybrid varieties of which are called tangerines.

    Category: Plants

  4. an influential or powerful government official or bureaucrat.

    Category: Common Vocabulary, Government

  5. a member of an elite or powerful group or class.

    Category: Common Vocabulary

  6. (adj.)of or pertaining to a mandarin or mandarins.

    Category: Common Vocabulary

  7. elegantly refined, as in language or taste.

    Category: Common Vocabulary

Origin of mandarin:

1580–90; < Pg mandarim, < Malay məntəri蠐 Skt mantrin councilor

Princeton's WordNet

  1. mandarin, mandarin orange, mandarin orange tree, Citrus reticulata(noun)

    shrub or small tree having flattened globose fruit with very sweet aromatic pulp and thin yellow-orange to flame-orange rind that is loose and easily removed; native to southeastern Asia

  2. mandarin(noun)

    a member of an elite intellectual or cultural group

  3. mandarin(noun)

    any high government official or bureaucrat

  4. mandarin(noun)

    a high public official of imperial China

  5. mandarin, mandarin orange(noun)

    a somewhat flat reddish-orange loose skinned citrus of China

  6. Mandarin, Mandarin Chinese, Mandarin dialect, Beijing dialect(noun)

    the dialect of Chinese spoken in Beijing and adopted as the official language for all of China


  1. Mandarin(ProperNoun)

    Standard Mandarin, the official language of China and Taiwan, and one of four official languages in Singapore; Putonghua, Guoyu or Huayu

  2. Mandarin(ProperNoun)

    A branch of the Chinese languages, consisting of many dialects; Guanhua or Beifanghua.

  3. Origin: See mandarin.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Mandarin(noun)

    a Chinese public officer or nobleman; a civil or military official in China and Annam

  2. Mandarin(noun)

    a small orange, with easily separable rind. It is thought to be of Chinese origin, and is counted a distinct species (Citrus nobilis)mandarin orange; tangerine --

The Nuttall Encyclopedia

  1. Mandarin

    the name given by foreigners, derived from the Portuguese, signifying to "command," to Chinese official functionaries, of which there are some nine orders, distinguished by the buttons on their caps, and they are appointed chiefly for their possession of the requisite qualifications for the office they aspire to.


  1. Standard Chinese

    Standard Chinese, also known as Mandarin, Putonghua and Guoyu, is a standardized variety of Chinese. It is the sole official language of both the People's Republic of China and the Republic of China; it is also one of the four official languages of Singapore. The phonology of the standard is based on the Beijing dialect, but its vocabulary is drawn from the large and diverse group of Mandarin varieties spoken across northern, central, and southwestern China. The grammar is standardized to the body of modern literary works that define written vernacular Chinese, the colloquial alternative to Classical Chinese developed around the turn of the 20th century. Like other varieties of Chinese, Standard Chinese is a tonal language. It has more initial consonants but fewer vowels, final consonants and tones than southern varieties. Standard Chinese is an analytic language, though with many compound words. Like other varieties of Chinese it is a topic-prominent language, and has subject–verb–object word order. The language is usually written using Chinese characters, in either simplified or traditional form, augmented by Hanyu Pinyin romanization for pedagogical purposes.

Anagrams of Mandarin

  1. Mirandan

Translations for Mandarin

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


(also mandarin orange ) a type of small orange.

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