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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun Any of a group of related dialects of Chinese spoken principally in the north and west of China.
  • noun The official national standard spoken language of China, based on the Mandarin dialect spoken in and around Beijing.

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  • proper noun Standard Mandarin, the official language of China and Taiwan, and one of four official languages in Singapore; Putonghua, Guoyu or Huayu
  • proper noun A branch of the Chinese languages, consisting of many dialects; Guanhua or Beifanghua.

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[From mandarin (from its use in administration in imperial China ).]

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See mandarin.

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