(noun, adjective)


1. Pertaining to or reminiscent of mandarins; deliberately superior or complex; esoteric, highbrow, obscurantist. [from 20th c.]


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

Definition categories: plant, citrus

2. a member of an elite intellectual or cultural group

Definition categories: person, elitist

3. any high government official or bureaucrat

Definition categories: person, functionary, official

4. a high public official of imperial China

Definition categories: person, chinese

5. a somewhat flat reddish-orange loose skinned citrus of China

Definition categories: food, citrus

6. the dialect of Chinese spoken in Beijing and adopted as the official language for all of China

Definition categories: communication, chinese