mandarinate

noun

man·​da·​rin·​ate ˈman-d(ə-)rə-ˌnāt How to pronounce mandarinate (audio)
1
: the office or status of a mandarin
2
: a body of mandarins
3
: rule by mandarins

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web The silver currency provided stability, a quality much prized by the mandarinate. Edward Chancellor, WSJ, 10 Mar. 2021

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Word History

Etymology

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

First Known Use

1728, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of mandarinate was in 1728

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Cite this Entry

“Mandarinate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/mandarinate. Accessed 3 Dec. 2022.

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