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mandarin

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

mandarin noun [C] (FRUIT)

( also mandarin orange) a small, sweet type of orange that has a thinner, looser skin

mandarin noun [C] (OFFICIAL)

UK 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.
Translations of “mandarin”
in Spanish mandarina, mandarín…
in French mandarine, mandarin…
in German die Mandarine, der Mandarin…
in Chinese (Traditional) 水果, 柑橘…
in Chinese (Simplified) 水果, 柑橘…
(Definition of mandarin noun from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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