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Mandarin

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Mandarin has a number of meanings:

Most English dictionaries state that the etymology of the Mandarin comes from Portuguese mandarim, from Malay menteri, from Sanskrit mantrin counselor, from mantra counsel. Other folk sources state, often whimsically, that it was based on the Chinese word "Man Da Ren" (滿大人) or Manchu officer (from government).

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