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

Other Words from client

clientage \ ˈklī-​ən-​tij How to pronounce client (audio) \ noun
cliental \ klī-​ˈen-​tᵊl How to pronounce client (audio) , ˈklī-​ən-​ How to pronounce client (audio) \ adjective
clientless \ ˈklī-​ənt-​ləs How to pronounce client (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 Sometimes, the shift happens with one early-adopter client. Expert Panel®, Forbes, 13 May 2022 Holt recalled how one client was assaulted by a colleague outside of work. Shirley Leung,, 12 May 2022 Each client can build up to 51 percent of the personal rotorcraft under the close supervision of professionals. Rachel Cormack, Robb Report, 13 Apr. 2022 That same year, Barack Obama, another Perkins Coie client, was elected President, and, perhaps not coincidentally, Republicans across the country redoubled their efforts to limit the franchise by passing strict voter-I.D. laws. Sue Halpern, The New Yorker, 13 Apr. 2022 The law firm did not keep any accounting or log of the actual services that the investigators provided to each client in exchange for the fee, the order said. Cory Shaffer, cleveland, 7 Apr. 2022 As for the clients, partners scaled back their rosters to emphasize individual attention, with every client having at least two (and in some cases three) lawyers. Mia Galuppo, The Hollywood Reporter, 6 Apr. 2022 Another client placed a $5-million bet on the 2019 Super Bowl in Atlanta, where the New England Patriots defeated the Los Angeles Rams. Michael Finnegan, Los Angeles Times, 31 Mar. 2022 One client preferred to discuss business while multitasking. Robyn A. Friedman, WSJ, 8 Mar. 2022 See More

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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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“Client.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 May. 2022.

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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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