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English definition of “mandarin”

mandarin

noun [C] uk   /ˈmæn.dər.ɪn/ us    /-dɚ-/

mandarin noun [C] (FRUIT)

(also mandarin orange) a small, sweet type of orange but with a thinner, looser skin

mandarin noun [C] (OFFICIAL)

mainly disapproving a person who has a very important job in the government, and who is sometimes considered to be too powerful: It often seems that true power lies with the Civil Service mandarins, rather than MPs and cabinet ministers.
(Definition of mandarin noun from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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