client

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noun cli·ent \ˈklī-ənt\

Definition of client

  1. 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. 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. Parksb :  customer hotel clients a restaurant's clientsc :  a person served by or utilizing the services of a social agency a welfare clientd :  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

  3. 3 :  client state

clientage

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cliental

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clientless

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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

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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

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noun cli·ent \ˈklī-ənt\

Definition of client for Students

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



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