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proper noun 
  1. The official language of the People's Republic of China and the Republic of China on Taiwan, and one of four official languages in Singapore.
Translations: 
  • Dutch: Mandarijns
  • French: mandarin
  • German: Mandarin
  • Italian: mandarino
  • Spanish: mandarí­n , chino mandarí­n

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noun 
  1. (historical) A government bureaucrat of the Chinese Empire.
  2. An important person; especially a secretive or elitist government bureaucrat.
  3. A mandarin duck.
Translations: 
  • Dutch: mandarijn
  • French: mandarin
    1. French, mandarin
      (trans-mid)
    2. German: Mandarin
    3. Italian: mandarino
adjective 
  1. Pertaining to mandarins.
  2. Deliberately superior or complex; esoteric, elaborate.
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