noun \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


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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