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

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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
Recent Examples on the Web Thomas Manders started Coffee + Dunn in McKinney in 2012 to drive client success with the adoption of Microsoft Dynamics, a platform Manders believed in but that wasn’t being considered as a primary option for marketers. Dallas News, "How 4 North Texas companies have achieved their new normal during COVID-19," 29 June 2020 Where does this leave people who received a payment on behalf of a deceased family member or client? Kathleen Pender,, "IRS should not pursue stimulus payments sent to people it knew were dead, report says," 29 June 2020 Haugabrook said that his client was down the street when Henry approached him and asked for his identification. Tina Burnside, Pierre Meilhan And Hollie Silverman, CNN, "Wrongly arrested Black man sues a Georgia city and police officers for excessive force and injury," 26 June 2020 Appelman doesn’t do corporate or group tours, and there are no conventions going on that usually contribute to his client base. Georgann Yara, The Arizona Republic, "Rainbow Ryders owner walked away from family business to follow his passion: hot air balloons," 25 June 2020 The money was taken from client annuities through withdrawals and fraudulent loans, according to an indictment handed down by a federal grand jury in North Carolina. Cary Spivak, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Northwestern Mutual's brokerage fined $350,000 after broker is charged with pocketing customer cash," 25 June 2020 News broke June 15 that multiple Cowboys and Texans players had tested positive for coronavirus, Elliott's agent confirming to NFL Network that his client was among the group. Jori Epstein, USA TODAY, "Cowboys RB Ezekiel Elliott opens up on testing positive for coronavirus, concerns for NFL season," 24 June 2020 The design includes warm oak floors and textural wallcoverings that add a homey feel to this space intended for client presentations. Jessica Bennett, Better Homes & Gardens, "The Final Reveals from the Spring 2020 One Room Challenge Offer So Much Interior Design Inspiration," 24 June 2020 Attorneys, social workers, client advocates and investigators take a holistic approach to criminal defense. Angie Jackson, Detroit Free Press, "New Detroit program can match public defenders and clients before arrest," 19 June 2020

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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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3 Jul 2020

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“Client.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Jul. 2020.

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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 How to pronounce client (audio) \

Kids Definition of client

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

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