client

noun cli·ent \ ˈklī-ənt \
Updated on: 1 Dec 2017

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
2 a : 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

clientage

play \-ən-tij\ noun

cliental

play \klī-ˈen-tᵊl, ˈklī-ən-\ adjective

clientless

play \ˈklī-ənt-ləs\ adjective

Examples of client in a Sentence

  1. The accountant is meeting with another client right now, but she'll be able to see you later this afternoon.

  2. a law firm soliciting new clients through television advertising

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Origin and Etymology of client

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


CLIENT Defined for English Language Learners

client

noun

Definition of client for English Language Learners

  • : 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 Defined for Kids

client

noun cli·ent \ ˈklī-ənt \

Definition of client for Students

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


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