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


  • A pedantic or elitist bureaucrat.
  • (informal, Britain) A senior civil servant.
  • A mandarin orange tree, Citrus reticulata.
  • (historical) A high government bureaucrat of the Chinese Empire.
  • A mandarin duck.
  • A mandarin orange; a small, sweet citrus fruit.
  • (often pejorative) A pedantic senior person of influence in academia or literary circles.
  • An orange colour.

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