mandarinate

noun man·da·rin·ate \ ˈman-d(ə-)rə-ˌnāt \

Definition of mandarinate

1 :the office or status of a mandarin
2 :a body of mandarins
3 :rule by mandarins

Origin and Etymology of mandarinate

probably from French mandarinat, from mandarin mandarin, from Portuguese mandarim


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