noun see mandarin I

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • Mandarinism — Man da*rin ism, n. A government by mandarins (senses 1 or 2); character or spirit of the mandarins[2]. F. Lieder. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • mandarinism — man·da·rin·ism …   English syllables

  • mandarinism — ˌnizəm noun ( s) Etymology: probably from French mandarinisme, from mandarin + isme ism 1. : government by mandarins 2. : the character or spirit of the mandarins …   Useful english dictionary

  • 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

  • mandarin — [man′də rin] n. [Port mandarim, altered (infl. by mandar, to command < L mandare: see MANDATE) < Hindi mantrī, minister of state < Sans mantrin, counselor < mantár , thinker < IE base * men , to think > MIND, Gr mentór, Sans… …   English World dictionary

  • man|da|rin|ism — «MAN duh ruh NIHZ uhm», noun. 1. the qualities or characteristics of mandarins, especially intellectualism or conservatism: »French literature as a whole has not fallen into mandarinism [but] has remained in close touch with life and society… …   Useful english dictionary

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