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


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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Attorneys for the defendants will have access to the names and identifying information about prospective jurors, but are prohibited from sharing that information with their clients. Tim Evans, Indianapolis Star, "Richard Grundy's federal drug trial starts Monday. Here's what you need to know.," 7 July 2019 Mitchell Garabedian, the accuser’s lawyer, revealed that the suit — filed June 26 in Nantucket Superior Court — has been voluntarily dismissed by his client, the Associated Press reported. Claudia Harmata,, "Kevin Spacey's Accuser Drops Sexual Assault Civil Lawsuit Against Actor," 5 July 2019 Brian Glasser, an attorney for Cline, confirmed to Bloomberg that his client was killed in the helicopter crash. Marisa Iati, Anchorage Daily News, "Billionaire Chris Cline, the ‘King of Coal,’ among 7 killed in Bahamas helicopter crash," 5 July 2019 Ask your clients what theirs are and build on that. Rose Meily, The Mercury News, "Ways to de-stress and stay on top of the Bay Area Real estate game," 5 July 2019 Norton's agent, Malki Kawa, confirmed on Twitter that his client suffered multiple injuries in the car accident, including losing his arm. Brian Pascus, CBS News, "Miami Dolphins player Kendrick Norton injured in crash, has arm amputated," 4 July 2019 Teganya's public defender, Scott Lauer, requested that his client receive about five years behind bars. Fox News, "Rwandan man gets 8 years in jail for lying in asylum bid about role in 1994 genocide," 4 July 2019 Braun's wife and his clients including Lovato and Bieber showed him support, while Halsey, Todrick Hall, model-actress Cara Delevingne and music video director Joseph Khan were #TeamTaylor., "What’s next with Taylor Swift’s music catalog?," 3 July 2019 Representatives of Sporting CP star Bruno Fernandes will travel to England in the coming days for talks over the future of their client with three Premier League clubs, according to a report in Portugal., "Bruno Fernandes Agent Travels to England to 'Hear Proposals' From Man Utd, Liverpool & Tottenham," 3 July 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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10 Jul 2019

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

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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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something desired as essential

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