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Examples of mandarin in a Sentence
the officious mandarins in the motor vehicles department refused to let me renew my license without all of the required forms
Recent Examples of mandarin from the Web
The Italian label updated its men’s fragrance this year, ditching the dark leathery notes of the original in favor of airier Amalfi notes like iris, sage, and mandarin.
Administrative mandarins on campus are motivated by a desire to avoid public-relations problems and keep their fund-raising bureaucracies alive.
The chief cause was the failure of city mandarins to grant permits for the stations, although county officials weren’t setting any speed records, either.
The nation’s economic mandarins have long advocated cleaner-burning natural gas as an alternative, but have been stymied by high prices, rapidly growing power demand, and bureaucratic intransigence.
So to shore up their base, Bush and the GOP mandarins gave over large swaths of the party platform to the hard-liners.
The Mihana scent is inspired by Japan’s forests and gardens, with hints of jasmine and mandarin, while Marassona is infused with neroli, lemon, and ylang-ylang from Brazil’s coastline.
An early 20th-century introduction from China, the rounder Meyer lemon is a cross between a lemon and an orange or mandarin.
There are bottles and jars filled with grapefruit-and-mango-scented something or mandarin-and-bergamot-scented something else; charcoal facial cleanser and clay body scrub.
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Did You Know?
The Portuguese were the first to refer to a Chinese official as a "mandarin." The word hails from the Portuguese word mandarium, which developed from Sanskrit "mantrin," a word for "counselor." Mandarins were promoted by successfully completing the imperial Chinese examination system, which was primarily based on the teachings of Confucian texts. In time, "mandarin" became a word for a pedantic official, a bureaucrat, or a person of position and influence. The noun passed into the English language in 1589, and the adjective appeared about 15 years later. You may also know "Mandarin" as a word for the chief dialect of China or be familiar with the mandarin orange. (The fruit's name comes from the orange color of a mandarin official's robe.)
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