cli·ent | \ˈklī-ənt \

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 \-ən-tij \ noun
cliental \klī-ˈen-tᵊl, ˈklī-ən- \ adjective
clientless \ˈklī-ənt-ləs \ adjective

Synonyms for client


account, customer, guest, patron

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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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An attorney for Hariri, Sarah Prescott, told the paper that her client recently attempted to sit down and talk to Le Bon about the incident, but that the singer changed his mind after several months of negotiations with his lawyer. Gil Kaufman, Billboard, "Duran Duran's Simon Le Bon Calls 1995 Groping Allegation 'Simply Untrue'," 12 July 2018 The first would-be client attempted to sell the fake gold 10 to 14 days ago, Eulberg said. Elliot Hughes, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Jewelry store owner warns of con man selling fake gold in Greenfield," 10 July 2018 At the Port Isabel detention center on Monday, Goodwin said none of her clients had been reunited with their children and only about a quarter had spoken with their children by phone. Jazmine Ulloa,, "Border Patrol stops handing over most immigrant parents for prosecution, but won't say when families will be reunified," 26 June 2018 Funeral arrangements have been made for a prominent Cartersville attorney who was shot and killed by the ex-husband of one of his clients. Raisa Habersham, ajc, "Funeral set for prominent attorney killed at law office," 22 June 2018 Shortly after the IDEA Exchange van rolls into Miami's Overtown neighborhood early one April morning, a steady stream of clients shows up. Jon Cohen, Science | AAAS, "‘We’re in a mess.’ Why Florida is struggling with an unusually severe HIV/AIDS problem," 13 June 2018 But rather than purchasing food for clients, Recovery Connections’ leaders, Phillip and Jennifer Warren, used the food stamps to stock their own kitchen and purchase groceries for the program’s restaurant, Reveal found. Amy Julia Harris And Shoshana Walter, charlotteobserver, "North Carolina rehab under investigation for food stamp fraud," 13 July 2018 Two years later, Accolade signed its first big client: Comcast. Bob Fernandez,, "Accolade, with 500 employees in Plymouth Meeting, seeks to boldly cut health costs for big companies," 12 July 2018 Mr Dershowitz, once a brilliant scholar and defender of celebrity clients, including Claus von Bülow and O.J. Simpson, has long been better known for his provocative turns on cable news shows. The Economist, "The case against impeachment," 12 July 2018

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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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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 \

Kids Definition of client

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

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evasion of direct action or statement

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