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A high public or government official of the Chinese empire; the term has been used in reference to the power wielded by a mandarin-like class of professionals—physicians, lawyers, scientists, engineers, middle managers, etc.
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January 29, al the Madarin Oriental New York, 80 Columbus Circle at 60th Street.
In this use it parallels and may in fact be modeled on early southern European missionary expressions, such as la lengua mandarina, falla madarin, etc.
citizen, Gao was born and raised in China and speaks Madarin Chinese fluently.