mandarin: Meaning and Definition of
Pronunciation: (man'du-rin), [key]
- (in the Chinese Empire) a member of any of the nine ranks of public officials, each distinguished by a particular kind of button worn on the cap.
- (cap.) the standard Chinese language.
- (cap.) a northern Chinese dialect, esp. as spoken in and around Beijing.
- a small, spiny citrus tree, Citrus reticulata, native to China, bearing lance-shaped leaves and flattish, orange-yellow to deep-orange loose-skinned fruit, some varieties of which are called tangerines.
- any of several plants belonging to the genus Disporum or Streptopus, of the lily family, as S. roseusor D. lanuginosumhaving drooping flowers and red berries.
- an influential or powerful government official or bureaucrat.
- a member of an elite or powerful group or class, as in intellectual or cultural milieus: the mandarins of the art world.
- of or pertaining to a mandarin or mandarins.
- elegantly refined, as in language or taste.
- mandarin (Thesaurus)