What does Mandarin mean?

Definitions for Mandarinˈmæn də rɪn

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word Mandarin.

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.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Mandarin

    man-da-rēn′, n. a European name for a Chinese official, civil or military: a small kind of orange, thought to be of Chinese origin.—-n. Mandarī′nate. [Port, mandarim—Malayan mantrí, counsellor—Sans. mantra, counsel.]

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.

Editors Contribution

  1. mandarin

    A type of cultivar, plant, tree and seed created and cultivated in various colors and species that bear flowers and fruit.

    Mandarin orange are a popular worldwide fruit.

  2. mandarin

    A type of fruit and food product sold as a specific number in a form of packaging.

    Mandarin oranges can be found in most large supermarkets and a much loved fruit.


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Mandarin in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Mandarin in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Daniel Martin:

    It is in a valuable position as a bridge between the West and China. It's a great place to be based, and it has good relationships with China. In addition, the level of Mandarin has increased in past 30 years.

  2. James L. Hayes:

    Jingshen is the Mandarin word for spirit and vivacity. It is an important word for those who would lead, because above all things, spirit and vivacity set effective organizations apart from those that will decline and die.

  3. Daniel Aguayo:

    From a content creation aspect, the No. 1 growing video content creation sector is East Asia and Thailand, if you can translate Mandarin, Cambodian, Thai and different languages in the Indian dialect that's another 3 billion people nobody's talking to because of the language barrier.

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