cli·​ent ˈklī-ənt How to pronounce client (audio)
: one that is under the protection of another : dependent
a first-rate power, able to defend her political clients in central and eastern EuropeW. W. Kulski
: 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
: customer
hotel clients
a restaurant's clients
: a person served by or utilizing the services of a social agency
a welfare client
: 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 noun
cliental adjective
clientless adjective

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 The Bidens were going to business dinners with foreign clients. Fox News Staff, Fox News, 23 Sep. 2023 Explore Community Mental Health Agencies: Mention that community mental health agencies often accept clients without insurance or offer sliding scale rates. Dominique Fluker, Essence, 22 Sep. 2023 Charged by the Securities and Exchange Commission for misleading clients on revenue from trades, Robinhood agreed to pay $65 million to settle. Jack Smart, Peoplemag, 22 Sep. 2023 Proceeds benefit the clients and students of Pathways to Citizenship, which offers legal and educational services to help qualified individuals navigate the journey toward U.S. citizenship. Linda McIntosh, San Diego Union-Tribune, 22 Sep. 2023 Nozawa achieved a bespoke feel for two Bay Area clients with modern farmhouse-esque homes by bringing in riots of color in the rugs and furnishings, and installing dramatic light fixtures. Kathryn O'Shea Evans, Washington Post, 21 Sep. 2023 This, in theory, would allow the chips to save power, which is why Intel’s calling Meteor Lake the most efficient client processor it’s ever made. Monica Chin, The Verge, 21 Sep. 2023 The deal expands Wasserman’s roster, which already includes sports, music and brands, to clients in other areas of entertainment such as film and TV performers. Wendy Lee, Los Angeles Times, 18 Sep. 2023 That’s in addition to the unscrupulous preparers who lie on their clients’ returns to inflate the size of the refund and thus the percentage fee that the preparer collects. Julie Zauzmer Weil, Washington Post, 18 Sep. 2023 See More

These examples are programmatically compiled from various online sources to illustrate current usage of the word 'client.' Any opinions expressed in the examples do not represent those of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback about these examples.

Word History


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

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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

Dictionary Entries Near client

Cite this Entry

“Client.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Sep. 2023.

Kids Definition


cli·​ent ˈklī-ənt How to pronounce client (audio)
: a person who uses the professional advice or services of another

More from Merriam-Webster on client

Last Updated: - Updated example sentences
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!