Meaning of “mandarin” in the English Dictionary

"mandarin" in British English

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mandarinnoun [ C ]

uk /ˈmæn.dər.ɪn/ us /ˈmæn.dɚ.ɪn/

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.

Mandarinnoun [ U ]

uk /ˈmæn.dər.ɪn/ us /ˈmæn.dɚ.ɪn/ also Mandarin Chinese, uk us

(Definition of “mandarin” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)