Mandarin vs Tagalog - What's the difference?

mandarin | tagalog |

As nouns the difference between mandarin and tagalog

is that mandarin is mandarin (person) while tagalog is tagalog, the tagalog language, native language of the philippines.



Etymology 1

From (etyl) mandarim, mandarij, from (etyl) menteri, manteri, and its source, (etyl) .


(en noun)
  • (historical) A high government bureaucrat of the Chinese Empire.
  • A pedantic or elitist bureaucrat.
  • (often, pejorative) A pedantic senior person of influence in academia or literary circles.
  • A mandarin duck.
  • (informal, British) A senior civil servant.
  • Derived terms
    * mandarinate * mandarinism * mandarinship


    (en adjective)
  • Pertaining to or reminiscent of mandarins; deliberately superior or complex; esoteric, highbrow, obscurantist.
  • *1979 , , Smiley's People , Folio Society 2010, p. 58:
  • *:A mandarin impassivity had descended over Smiley's face. The earlier emotion was quite gone.
  • * 2007 , Marina Warner, ‘Doubly Damned’, London Review of Books 29:3, p. 26:
  • *:Though alert to riddles' strong roots in vernacular narrative, Cook's tastes are mandarin , and she gives a loving account of Wallace Stevens's meditations on the life of poetic images and simile […].
  • Etymology 2

    From (etyl) mandarine, feminine of mandarin, probably formed as Etymology 1, above, from the yellow colour of the mandarins' costume.


    (en noun)
  • A mandarin orange; a small, sweet citrus fruit.
  • A mandarin orange tree, Citrus reticulata .
  • An orange colour.
  • Anagrams

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    Proper noun

    (en proper noun)
  • A language spoken in the Philippines, in particular, Metro Manila and its surrounding provinces such as Bulacan, Laguna, Cavite, Batangas, Bataan, Rizal, Marinduque, Mindoro, and Quezon.
  • Noun

  • A member of the second largest Filipino ethnic group.
  • Adjective

  • Of or relating to the Tagalogs.
  • See also

    * * (tl) * Language list