mandarin

Part of speech: noun

A Chinese official.

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Usage examples "mandarin":

  1. For the moment I was at a loss to think who and what the man could be; he was in the dress of his own country, a neat, close- fitting, high- buttoned blue jacket; there was a little cap on his head, and a pigtail dependent from behind it- I was not sufficiently acquainted with Chinese costumes to gather any idea of his rank or position from these things- for aught I knew to the contrary, he might be a mandarin who, for some extraordinary reason, had found his way to this out- of- the- world spot. - "Ravensdene Court", J. S. (Joseph Smith) Fletcher.
  2. Our cards and books had been taken in to the mandarin, but he proved to be one of low rank, and after keeping us waiting for some time he referred us to his superiors in office. - "A Retrospect", James Hudson Taylor.
  3. Under the high gray columns of the porch and into the wide door, framed in its small leaded panes that glowed with the merry light within, poured a stream of loveliness: in carriage- wraps of light tints, collared and edged with fur or eider, or wide- sleeved mandarin coats falling back from dazzling throats and arms, hair swathed with chiffon against the night dews, and gallantly cavaliered by masculine black and white. - "The Valiants of Virginia", Hallie Erminie Rives.