mandarijn

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mandarijn m (plural mandarijnen, diminutive mandarijntje n)

  1. A mandarin, Far Eastern (notably Chinese Imperial) high official
  2. (figuratively) A pundit, someone in/with authority
    De mandarijnen schaadden zijn reputatie zo erg dat hij er de brui aan moest geven
    The pundits ruined his reputation so badly he had to quit
  3. (usually in the diminutive: mandarijntje n) A tangerine, orange-like fruit

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