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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
Our late-season mandarins – Tahoe, Shasta and Gold Nugget (varieties) – have ripened early and are now prime super-nice.
Sun Pacific and the Resnicks’ company previously co-produced seedless mandarins known as Cuties.
Would the palace mandarins have made analyses of her fertility?
Mr Johnson says the scheme would need a lengthy roll-out period and for mandarins to take a generous, rather than hostile, attitude towards applicants without paperwork.
Hazy IPAs range in character from the mandarin-orange sweetness of Other Half Brewing Co.’s Citra + Azacca to the almost savory, papaya-like fruitiness of WeldWerks Brewing’s Juicy Bits.
There were apples, cornbread, muffins, celery, cauliflower and mandarins, but Emery didn’t take anything for himself.
And the pretty plates at P.Y.T., Josef Centeno’s veggie-forward spot downtown, might feature an array of fruits like kumquats and mandarins perfectly interspersed with kale, spigarello, and sprouting broccoli.
Sprinkle with mandarin segment pieces and then the diced avocado.
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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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