AskDefine | Define mandarin

Dictionary Definition



1 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 [syn: mandarin orange, mandarin orange tree, Citrus reticulata]
2 a member of an elite intellectual or cultural group
3 any high government official or bureaucrat
4 a high public official of imperial China
5 a somewhat flat reddish-orange loose-skinned citrus of China [syn: mandarin orange]
6 the dialect of Chinese spoken in Beijing and adopted as the official language for all of China [syn: Mandarin Chinese, Mandarin dialect, Beijing dialect]

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see Mandarin



  • a UK /ˈmændərɪn/, /"m



Extensive Definition

Mandarin may refer to any of the following:
  • Mandarin (bureaucrat), a bureaucrat of Imperial China, Vietnam and Korea, and by analogy, any government bureaucrat
In relation to China, the Chinese language or Chinese culture:
  • Mandarin (linguistics), a group of dialects of spoken Chinese, or more specifically:
    • Standard Mandarin, the official spoken language of the People's Republic of China, Republic of China (Taiwan) and Singapore, and widely used by overseas Chinese
  • Mandarin dress, a style of clothing derived from Manchurian garb
In biology:
As a company name:
Other uses:
mandarin in Danish: Mandarin (flertydig)
mandarin in German: Mandarin
mandarin in French: Mandarin
mandarin in Japanese: マンダリン
mandarin in Dutch: Mandarijn
mandarin in Norwegian: Mandarin
mandarin in Norwegian Nynorsk: Mandarin (fleirtyding)
mandarin in Portuguese: Mandarim
mandarin in Russian: Мандарин (значения)
mandarin in Finnish: Mandariini (täsmennyssivu)
mandarin in Swedish: Mandarin

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

Brahmin, authority, brainworker, bureaucrat, civil servant, doctor, egghead, elder, elder statesman, elitist, functionary, functionnaire, great soul, guru, highbrow, illuminate, intellect, intellectual, intellectualist, jack-in-office, literate, lover of wisdom, mahatma, man of intellect, man of wisdom, master, mastermind, mentor, name-dropper, office-bearer, officeholder, officer, official, officiary, oracle, petty tyrant, philosopher, placeman, prig, public official, public servant, rabbi, red-tapist, rishi, sage, sapient, savant, scholar, seer, snob, starets, thinker, tufthunter, white-collar intellectual, wise man, wise old man
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