mandarinate

mandarinate

[man-der-uh-neyt]
noun
1.
the status or position of a mandarin.
2.
a group of mandarins or mandarins collectively.
3.
rule or government by mandarins.

Origin:
1720–30; mandarin + -ate3

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mandarin (ˈmændərɪn)
 
n
1.  (in the Chinese Empire) a member of any of the nine senior grades of the bureaucracy, entered by examinations
2.  a high-ranking official whose powers are extensive and thought to be outside political control
3.  a person of standing and influence, as in literary or intellectual circles
4.  a.  a small citrus tree, Citrus nobilis, cultivated for its edible fruit
 b.  the fruit of this tree, resembling the tangerine
 
[C16: from Portuguese mandarim, via Malay menteri from Sanskrit mantrin counsellor, from mantra counsel]
 
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