Mandarin

See also: mandarin and mandarín

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EtymologyEdit

An extension of mandarin (bureaucrat of the Chinese Empire) to the language used by the imperial court and sometimes by imperial officials elsewhere. As such, it was adopted as a synonym for Modern Standard Chinese in the 20th century. The term became ambiguous, however, as its use was extended to the various Northern dialects of Chinese.

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Mandarin (uncountable)

  1. Standard Mandarin, an official language of China and Taiwan, and one of four official languages in Singapore; Putonghua, Guoyu or Huayu
    • 2014, David Eimer, The Emperor Far Away: Travels at the Edge of China[1], Bloomsbury USA, →ISBN, page 75:
      Far fewer people understood Mandarin in Hotan than anywhere else I'd been in Xinjiang. It made getting around difficult, as not only did the taxi drivers fail to understand what I was saying, but they couldn't read an address either. Most ignored or didn't know the Chinese names given to the streets anyway.
  2. A branch of the Chinese languages, consisting of many dialects; Guanhua or Beifanghua.

Usage notesEdit

  • Standard Mandarin (language of the media and education) and Mandarin Chinese (the group of Northern Chinese dialects together with Standard Mandarin) are not always interchangeable and are referred to differently in Chinese. Both are a part of the broader group of languages (see Chinese: Zhongwen, Hanyu), dialects, or topolects.

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Mandarin m (genitive Mandarins or Mandarines, plural Mandarine)

  1. mandarin (Chinese Imperial official)

DescendantsEdit

  • Hungarian: mandarin

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Mandarin n (genitive Mandarins)

  1. Mandarin, standard Chinese

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