client

noun
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

Synonyms

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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Ross Barr, an acupuncturist known for his many celebrity clients, is also reportedly helping her with a regimen in her third trimester. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "Meghan Markle, Like Her Sister-in-Law Kate Middleton, Is Reportedly Planning for a Natural Birth," 6 Feb. 2019 As a long-time makeup artist, founder Kirsten Kjaer Weis experienced the struggle of not having high-performing organic products for clients with sensitive skin. Maya Allen, Marie Claire, "7 All-Natural Makeup Brands With Products That Are Actually Amazing," 14 Jan. 2019 And the same goes for designing kids bedrooms for clients. Jessica Leigh Mattern, Country Living, "This Is Joanna Gaines's Secret to Getting Her Kids to Share Bedrooms," 25 Dec. 2018 Phan uses Orly Bonder Nail Treatment ($7, ulta.com) for clients who need extra strength. Blake Bakkila, Good Housekeeping, "How to Fix a Broken Nail — and Grow 'Em Back Stronger," 20 Sep. 2018 Once administrative credentials had been obtained, they were used to move laterally within the MSPs' networks and the networks of their clients. Sean Gallagher, Ars Technica, "US and allies: New hacks mean China broke 2015 economic espionage pact," 20 Dec. 2018 Some of her clients were dangerous, almost a certain threat to their communities. Jessica Chou, Glamour, "Shawn Holley Will Free You Now," 11 Dec. 2018 Some trademark lawyers also advise clients to register trademarks for merchandise made in China, even if it’s not sold there. Erika Kinetz, The Seattle Times, "China grants 18 trademarks in 2 months to Trump, daughter," 7 Nov. 2018 For me, and many of Jessica's clients, a sofa is the perfect example of a practical investment. Danielle Tullo, House Beautiful, "6 Things I Learned From Working With An Interior Designer," 25 Jan. 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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The first known use of client was in the 14th century

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client

noun

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

client

noun
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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