Meaning of mandarinate

man•da•rin•ate

Pronunciation: (man'dur-u-nāt"), [key]
— n.
  1. the status or position of a mandarin.
  2. a group of mandarins or mandarins collectively.
  3. rule or government by mandarins.
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