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Mandaren Chinese?

Posted by goulnik April 8, 2008 in the Group General Discussion.

I came across the word 满大人 (Mǎndàrén) this morning on while preparing my practice on history.  Wenlin translates this as 'Manchu officials; mandarins', I gathered this is where the word 'Mandarin' comes from, can anyone confirm the etymology 词源 (cíyuán)?

Not sure about English, but in French mandarin is still used colloquially to refer to  professors of medicine, probably because of the swarm of 'disciples' and aura surrounding them.

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