Skip to definition.
Get the FREE one-click dictionary software for Windows or the iPhone/iPad and Android apps

Noun: mandarin  man-du-rin
  1. 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
    - mandarin orange, mandarin orange tree, Citrus reticulata
  2. A member of an elite intellectual or cultural group
  3. Any high government official or bureaucrat
  4. A high public official of imperial China
  5. A somewhat flat reddish-orange loose skinned citrus of China
    - mandarin orange
Noun: Mandarin
  1. The dialect of Chinese spoken in Beijing and adopted as the official language for all of China
    - Mandarin Chinese, Mandarin dialect, Beijing dialect

Derived forms: mandarins

Type of: Chinese, citrous fruit, citrus, citrus fruit, citrus tree, elitist, √©litist [Brit], functionary, official

Part of: genus Citrus

Encyclopedia: Mandarin, Jacksonville, FL