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Definition of mandarin noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 1Mandarin [uncountable] the standard form of Chinese, which is the official language of China
  2. 2(also mandarin orange) [countable] a type of small orange with loose skin that comes off easily
  3. 3[countable] a government official of high rank in China in the past
  4. 4[countable] a powerful official of high rank, especially in the civil service synonym bureaucrat
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: mandarin

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