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clientele

noun cli·en·tele \ˌklī-ən-ˈtel, ˌklē-ən- also ˌklē-ˌän-\

: the group of people who are regular customers at a particular business

Full Definition of CLIENTELE

:  a body of clients <a shop that caters to an exclusive clientele>

Examples of CLIENTELE

  1. The restaurant generally attracts an older clientele.
  2. … Gottfried had been complaining for months that our local clientele didn't have the class to appreciate the house. —Jane Smiley, Good Faith, 2003

Origin of CLIENTELE

French clientèle, from Latin clientela, from client-, cliens (see client)
First Known Use: circa 1587

Other Business Terms

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

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