(also mandarine /-dəˌrēn/, mandarin orange)Translate mandarin | into French | into German | into Italian | into Spanish
Definition of mandarin
- 1a small flattish citrus fruit with a loose skin, especially a variety with yellow-orange skin. Compare with tangerine.
late 18th century: from French mandarine; perhaps related to mandarin1, the color of the fruit being likened to the official's yellow robes