mandarinate

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

Definition of mandarinate

  1. 1 :  the office or status of a mandarin

  2. 2 :  a body of mandarins

  3. 3 :  rule by mandarins

Origin and Etymology of mandarinate

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


First Known Use: 1728


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