- 1 uncountable/no numerable (language) Mandarin (Chinese) mandarín (masculine), lengua (feminine) mandarinaExample sentences
- After the fall of the Manchu dynasty in 1911, in place of Classical Chinese, the new Republican government made the most widely spoken dialect, Mandarin Chinese, the official written language.
- This question is significant because Ruan built her career in the era of silent films, and she herself does not even speak very standard Mandarin Chinese.
- Influenced by Han culture, most Yao people can speak and write Mandarin Chinese.
- 2 countable/numerable 2.1 (Chinese official) [History/Historia] mandarín (masculine)Example sentences2.2 (top establishment figure) jerarca (masculine and feminine), mandarín (masculine)
- But civil service mandarins already have their defences prepared if they are called before the inquiry to be headed by Lord Fraser.
- A French philosopher had more in common with a Chinese mandarin than with his barbaric Frankish ancestors in the Dark Ages.
- And the spoken Chinese uttered by the Qing emperors' officials and the court mandarins in Beijing was none other than the Beijing dialect.
- To many British people, the idea of a mandarin or senior civil servant will forever be associated with Sir Humphrey Appleby.
- One minister did so, and claims to have been told by a senior mandarin that it was ‘disconcerting’ for officials to find their minister talking independently to outside sources of advice.
- On front after front, bureaucratic mandarins are deciding how everyday Europeans will live.