mandarinate

noun
man·​da·​rin·​ate | \ ˈman-d(ə-)rə-ˌnāt How to pronounce mandarinate (audio) \

Definition of mandarinate

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

Examples of mandarinate in a Sentence

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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First Known Use of mandarinate

1728, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for mandarinate

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

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“Mandarinate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/mandarinate. Accessed 22 Sep. 2021.

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