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Examples of mandarin in a Sentence
the officious mandarins in the motor vehicles department refused to let me renew my license without all of the required forms
Recent Examples of mandarin from the Web
Here are two kid-friendly recipes that make use of mandarins in both sweet and savory dishes.
The new floral fragrance features notes of orange blossom, mandarin and neroli.
So while European mandarins are kvetching about the trade war Mr. Trump risks starting with metals tariffs, Europe is now launching its own economic war with a proposal to tax U.S. tech firms.
Sometimes the commission must wish for the sort of control over energy policy that China’s mandarins enjoy.
The beautiful whole fish for two was overwhelmed by its accessories—couscous, almonds, Brussels sprouts, charred carrots, and mandarin-orange segments—and priced at an inexplicable eighty dollars.
Think: a nice long soak and then a trifecta of skin renewal, then an amazing massage, all while taking in the scent of Egyptian Jasmine, neroli, as well as energizing bergamot, lemon and mandarin.
The professors and university mandarins having lunch at an elegant UCLA campus restaurant the other day had no idea that seated inconspicuously among them was a cultural revolutionary.
The kitchen produces one of the best salads with winter citrus ($15), with slices and chunks of cara cara, kumquat, oro blanco and mandarin, plus colorful leaves of radicchio.
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Did You Know?
The Portuguese were the first to refer to a Chinese official as a "mandarin." The word hails from the Portuguese word mandarium, which developed from Sanskrit "mantrin," a word for "counselor." Mandarins were promoted by successfully completing the imperial Chinese examination system, which was primarily based on the teachings of Confucian texts. In time, "mandarin" became a word for a pedantic official, a bureaucrat, or a person of position and influence. The noun passed into the English language in 1589, and the adjective appeared about 15 years later. You may also know "Mandarin" as a word for the chief dialect of China or be familiar with the mandarin orange. (The fruit's name comes from the orange color of a mandarin official's robe.)
MANDARIN Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of mandarin for English Language Learners
: a small type of orange
: a public official in China in the past
Mandarin : the official language of China
MANDARIN Defined for Kids
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