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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 but with a thinner, looser skinTypes of fruit

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.Government ministers and civil servants
(Definition of mandarin noun from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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