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NOUN (6)

1. shrub or small tree having flattened globose fruit with very sweet aromatic pulp and thin yellow-orange to flame-orange rind that is loose and easily removed; native to southeastern Asia;
[syn: mandarin, mandarin orange, mandarin orange tree, Citrus reticulata]

2. a member of an elite intellectual or cultural group;

3. any high government official or bureaucrat;

4. a high public official of imperial China;

5. a somewhat flat reddish-orange loose skinned citrus of China;
[syn: mandarin, mandarin orange]

6. the dialect of Chinese spoken in Beijing and adopted as the official language for all of China;
[syn: Mandarin, Mandarin Chinese, Mandarin dialect, Beijing dialect]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Mandarin \Man`da*rin"\, n. [Pg. mandarim, from Malay mantr[imac] minister of state, prop. a Hind. word, fr. Skr. mantrin a counselor, manira a counsel, man to think.] 1. A Chinese public officer or nobleman; a civil or military official in China and Annam. [1913 Webster] 2. Hence: A powerful government official or bureaucrat, especially one who is pedantic and has a strong sense of his own importance and privelege. [PJC] 3. Hence: A member of an influential, powerful or elite group, espcially within artistic or intellectual circles; -- used especially of elder members who are traditionalist or conservative about their specialties. [PJC] 5. The form of the Chinese language spoken by members of the Chinese Imperial Court an officials of the empire. [PJC] 6. Any of several closely related dialects of the Chinese language spoken by a mojority of the population of China, the standard variety of which is spoken in the region around Beijing. [PJC] 7. (Bot.) A small flattish reddish-orange loose-skinned orange, with an easily separable rind. It is thought to be of Chinese origin, and is counted a distinct species (Citrus reticulata formerly Citrus nobilis); called also mandarin orange and tangerine. [1913 Webster] Mandarin language, the spoken or colloquial language of educated people in China. Mandarin yellow (Chem.), an artificial aniline dyestuff used for coloring silk and wool, and regarded as a complex derivative of quinoline. [1913 Webster]
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):

mandarin n 1: shrub or small tree having flattened globose fruit with very sweet aromatic pulp and thin yellow-orange to flame- orange rind that is loose and easily removed; native to southeastern Asia [syn: mandarin, mandarin orange, mandarin orange tree, Citrus reticulata] 2: a member of an elite intellectual or cultural group 3: any high government official or bureaucrat 4: a high public official of imperial China 5: a somewhat flat reddish-orange loose skinned citrus of China [syn: mandarin, mandarin orange] 6: the dialect of Chinese spoken in Beijing and adopted as the official language for all of China [syn: Mandarin, Mandarin Chinese, Mandarin dialect, Beijing dialect]
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:

56 Moby Thesaurus words for "mandarin": Brahmin, authority, brainworker, bureaucrat, civil servant, doctor, egghead, elder, elder statesman, elitist, functionary, functionnaire, great soul, guru, highbrow, illuminate, intellect, intellectual, intellectualist, jack-in-office, literate, lover of wisdom, mahatma, man of intellect, man of wisdom, master, mastermind, mentor, name-dropper, office-bearer, officeholder, officer, official, officiary, oracle, petty tyrant, philosopher, placeman, prig, public official, public servant, rabbi, red-tapist, rishi, sage, sapient, savant, scholar, seer, snob, starets, thinker, tufthunter, white-collar intellectual, wise man, wise old man