client

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

Synonyms for client

Synonyms

account, customer, guest, patron, punter [chiefly British]

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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

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Color&Co is using technology to connect hair colorists to clients via video chat. Leah Prinzivalli, Allure, "Meet Color&Co, the L'Oréal Start-Up That Lets You Video Chat with a Hair Colorist," 9 May 2019 Having these testimonials available for prospective clients can go a long way in building your virtual assistant business. Jamie Ballard, Woman's Day, "How to Become a Virtual Assistant So You Can Work From Home," 7 May 2019 McWilliams, who owned an art gallery in New York until 2009, has many clients and friends in the area. Nancy Hass, ELLE Decor, "A Legendary 1920s Palm Beach House is a Showcase for a Striking Art Collection," 17 Apr. 2019 The carpet is a vintage textile from Lawrence of La Brea, the vintage mid-century lamps on the console are from 1stdibs and the artwork, all belonging to the client, is by Brynn Gelbard and Lisa Donohoe. Vanessa Lawrence, ELLE Decor, "Reath Design Crafts a Bright, Elegant Home for a Young Family," 22 Mar. 2019 The property—a 125-acre wooded peninsula jutting into Lake Champlain—really spoke to the clients. Celia Barbour, House Beautiful, "Designer Cathy Chapman Uses Lighting In The Coolest Way For This Cozy Vermont Retreat," 3 Dec. 2018 Wolfe Research analyst Hunter Keay wrote recently in a note to clients. David Koenig, The Seattle Times, "Pilot union says it wants to help reduce delays on American," 19 Nov. 2018 Unlike many firms that used models to sell ideas to clients, Saarinen used them to sell ideas to himself. Patrick Sisson, Curbed, "Why Eero Saarinen’s ‘50s office was a breeding ground for modernist design," 8 Nov. 2018 Both actresses broke down in tears on the streets of New York for the movie, which tells the real-life story of a group of strippers who plan to steal thousands of dollars from their Wall Street clients. Lucy Wood, Marie Claire, "Jennifer Lopez and Constance Wu Filmed Some Intense Crying Scenes for 'Hustlers'," 2 Apr. 2019

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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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client

noun

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

client

noun
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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