mandarin mandarin  /ˈmæn də rən/


  1. (n) shrub or small tree having flattened globose fruit with very sweet aromatic pulp and thin yellow-orange to flame-orange rind that is loose and easily removed; native to southeastern Asia
  2. (n) a member of an elite intellectual or cultural group
  3. (n) any high government official or bureaucrat
  4. (n) a high public official of imperial China
  5. (n) a somewhat flat reddish-orange loose skinned citrus of China
  6. (n) the dialect of Chinese spoken in Beijing and adopted as the official language for all of China


  1. Mandarin Oriental New York 10 Columbus Circle, 35th Floor, New York, NY 10019; 212-805-8876 40.
  2. The work: a nightmarish ballet fantasy entitled The Miraculous Mandarin, set to the 1919 music of Hungarian Bela Bartok.
  3. No matter that the fan shouting alongside is mandarin or mendicant, from the mainland or local born, a great-great-grandma with bound feet or a bare-bottomed tot, the voices are one.


  1. Intermodal China 2013 Announced for Sept 24-25: Call for Talks Now Open

    SHANGHAI, June 17, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- The call for Mandarin( ) and English submissions( ...
    on June 17, 2013     Source: PR Newswire via Yahoo! Finance

  2. Old Glory retired 'with dignity' at ceremony in Mandarin

    On a warm Saturday morning, a small crowd gathered beneath the trees behind St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Mandarin to "retire" worn American flags.
    on June 16, 2013     Source: The Florida Times-Union

  3. Best hotels for watching the Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York

    View of Central Park and skyline from the Mandarin Oriental, New York        
    on June 16, 2013     Source: Boston Globe


  1. "The hardest one was actually Mandarin. Japanese was easy, sort of. French was easy, but German was difficult," Lavigne said at a news conference in Hong Kong promoting her album, "The Best Damn Thing."
    on May 3, 2007 By: Avril Lavigne Source: International Herald Tribune

  2. "I'll take Willow because she's learning Mandarin. She loves to learn Mandarin," she adds.
    on Jun 23, 2010 By: Jada Pinkett Smith Source: Daily News & Analysis

  3. "I enjoyed shooting all the Japanese stuff in Kill Bill, so much so that this whole film will be entirely in Mandarin," Tarantino told Total Film.
    on Nov 1, 2004 By: Quentin Tarantino Source: BBC News

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