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mandarinnoun [C]

uk   /ˈmæn.dər.ɪn/  us   /-dɚ-/
  • mandarin noun [C] (OFFICIAL)

UK disapproving a ​person who has a very ​importantjob in the ​government, and who is sometimes ​considered to be too ​powerful: It often ​seems that ​truepowerlies with the Civil Service mandarins, ​rather than MPs and ​cabinetministers.

Mandarinnoun [U]

uk   /ˈmæn.dər.ɪn/  us   /-dɚ-/ (also Mandarin Chinese, uk   us   )
(Definition of mandarin from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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