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

Examples of mandarinate in a Sentence

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Word History


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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“Mandarinate.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Jun. 2024.

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