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1. A member of one of nine ranks of public officials in the Chinese Empire.
1. Of or relating to a mandarin.
From Portuguese mandarim, from Malay menteri, from Sanskrit mantri (counselor), from mantra (word or formula), from manyate (he thinks).
"Even the International Swimming Federation mandarins made an appointment
yesterday to talk with the sport's greatest star."
"Macha Rosenthal wrote about poetry as part of the common heritage of
culture, not reserved for those who wrote in jargon or a mandarin prose
style. He wrote plainly, and took no pride in cleverness."
This week's theme: Eponyms
Dreams pass into the reality of action. From the actions stems the dream again; and this interdependence produces the highest form of living. -Anais Nin, writer (1903-1977)