Definitions for Mandarinˈmæn də rɪn

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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(n.)

    Hence: A powerful government official or bureaucrat, especially one who is pedantic and has a strong sense of his own importance and privelege.

  2. Mandarin(n.)

    Hence: A member of an influential, powerful or elite group, espcially within artistic or intellectual circles; -- used especially of elder members who are traditionalist or conservative about their specialties.

  3. Mandarin(n.)

    The form of the Chinese language spoken by members of the Chinese Imperial Court an officials of the empire.

  4. Mandarin(n.)

    Any of several closely related dialects of the Chinese language spoken by a mojority of the population of China, the standard variety of which is spoken in the region around Beijing.

  5. Origin: [Pg. mandarim, from Malay mantr minister of state, prop. a Hind. word, fr. Skr. mantrin a counselor, manira a counsel, man to think.]


  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 --

  3. Origin: [Pg. mandarim, from Malay mantr minister of state, prop. a Hind. word, fr. Skr. mantrin a counselor, manira a counsel, man to think.]

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 Modern Standard Mandarin and Putonghua, sometimes simply refer to as "Mandarin", is a standard language that is the sole official language of both China and Taiwan, and also one of the four official languages of Singapore. The pronunciation of the standard is based on the Beijing dialect of Mandarin, its vocabulary is drawn from Northern Mandarin, and the grammar is based on representative writings from the modern written vernacular. 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 written using either traditional or simplified Chinese characters, augmented by Hanyu Pinyin romanization for pedagogical purposes.

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