noun cli·ent \ˈklī-ənt\

: a person who pays a professional person or organization for services

: a customer in a shop or hotel

computers : a computer in a network that uses the services provided by a server

Full Definition of CLIENT

:  one that is under the protection of another :  dependent
a :  a person who engages the professional advice or services of another <a lawyer's clients>
b :  customer <hotel clients>
c :  a person served by or utilizing the services of a social agency <a welfare client>
d :  a computer in a network that uses the services (as access to files or shared peripherals) provided by a server
cli·ent·age \-ən-tij\ noun
cli·en·tal \klī-ˈen-təl, ˈklī-ən-\ adjective
cli·ent·less \ˈklī-ənt-ləs\ adjective

Examples of CLIENT

  1. The accountant is meeting with another client right now, but she'll be able to see you later this afternoon.
  2. <a law firm soliciting new clients through television advertising>

Origin of CLIENT

Middle English, from Anglo-French & Latin; Anglo-French client, from Latin client-, cliens; perhaps akin to Latin clinare to lean — more at lean
First Known Use: 14th century

Other Business Terms

amortize, caveat emptor, clearinghouse, divest, due diligence, emolument, green-collar, marque, overhead, perquisite

Rhymes with CLIENT

CLIENTAL Defined for Kids


noun cli·ent \ˈklī-ənt\

Definition of CLIENT for Kids

:  a person who uses the professional advice or services of another


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