adjective see mandarin I

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • Mandarinic — Man da*rin ic, a. Appropriate or peculiar to a mandarin. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • mandarin — I. noun Etymology: Portuguese mandarim, from Malay mĕntĕri, from Sanskrit mantrin counselor, from mantra counsel more at mantra Date: 1589 1. a. a public official in the Chinese Empire of any of nine superior grades b. (1) a pedantic official (2) …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • mandarin —   n. higher public official of Chinese empire; chief dialect of China; small Chinese orange.    ♦ mandarinate, n. office, rule or body of mandarin(s).    ♦ mandarinic, a.    ♦ mandarinism, n. rule by mandarins; bureaucracy …   Dictionary of difficult words

  • man|da|rin|ic — «MAN duh RIHN ihk», adjective. having to do with or characteristic of a mandarin: »The first business of any writer, especially of any critical writer, is not to be mandarinic and tedious (London Times) …   Useful english dictionary

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