cli·​ent | \ ˈklī-ənt How to pronounce client (audio) \

Definition of client

1 : one that is under the protection of another : dependent a first-rate power, able to defend her political clients in central and eastern Europe— W. W. Kulski
2a : a person who engages the professional advice or services of another a lawyer's clients a personal trainer … enjoyed the challenges of helping clients buff up their bodies.— S. K. Parks
b : customer hotel clients a restaurant's 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 (such as access to files or shared peripherals) provided by a server also : software that allows a computer to function as a client in a network

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Other Words from client

clientage \ ˈklī-​ən-​tij How to pronounce client (audio) \ noun
cliental \ klī-​ˈen-​tᵊl How to pronounce client (audio) , ˈklī-​ən-​ How to pronounce client (audio) \ adjective
clientless \ ˈklī-​ənt-​ləs How to pronounce client (audio) \ adjective

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Examples of client in a Sentence

The accountant is meeting with another client right now, but she'll be able to see you later this afternoon. a law firm soliciting new clients through television advertising
Recent Examples on the Web Julia Yoo, board member of the Consumer Attorneys of California, which supports the bill, countered that the fee provisions give lawyers incentive to take on important civil rights cases even when the client may not be able to pay. Los Angeles Times, "Most states have a system for ousting bad cops. In California, legislation is struggling," 1 May 2021 Chrysalis Center is once again hosting its annual Donation Creation food drive to fill the shelves of Freshplace, the organization’s innovative client-choice, fresh food, and case management food pantry., "Community News For The Colchester Edition," 30 Apr. 2021 James Muirhead: We often get approached when the client is developing a new car interior. Nargess Banks, Forbes, "See How Scottish Heritage Leather Brand, Bridge Of Weir, Views Modern Luxury," 28 Apr. 2021 The client was charged in relation to an armed robbery, Gizmodo explains. Chris Smith, BGR, "Signal’s epic hack of Cellebrite already already has major consequences," 28 Apr. 2021 Rouff, who is 32 and formerly the youngest client of Yves Saint Laurent Couture, is possessed of a visual and intellectual sensibility of a kind that designers in need of a muse dream of. Sally Singer, Vogue, "Alber Elbaz’s “Humble’s Gift”—Revisit This 2005 Profile of the Designer by Sally Singer," 25 Apr. 2021 Both clients who contracted HIV through the treatments had the same strain of the virus; the first client was identified in August 2018 and the second patron was detected in February 2019. Frank Miles, Fox News, "‘Vampire facials’ salon owner charged after clients contract HIV," 23 Apr. 2021 Consent by the client is not a defense under the law. Paul Walsh, Star Tribune, "Psychologist at Minnesota sex offender program charged with sexually assaulting two clients," 22 Apr. 2021 Staff also had to escort the right client to and from the booth where inmates speak to their attorneys. James Whitlow,, "Public defender’s office files complaint after Harford County warden ends virtual attorney-client meetings at jail," 22 Apr. 2021

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First Known Use of client

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for client

Middle English, from Anglo-French & Latin; Anglo-French client, from Latin client-, cliens; perhaps akin to Latin clinare to lean — more at lean

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The first known use of client was in the 14th century

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5 May 2021

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“Client.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 May. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of client

: 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


cli·​ent | \ ˈklī-ənt How to pronounce client (audio) \

Kids Definition of client

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

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