clientele

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noun cli·en·tele \ˌklī-ən-ˈtel, ˌklē-ən- also ˌklē-ˌän-\

Definition of clientele

  1. :  a body of clients a shop that caters to an exclusive clientele

Examples of clientele in a Sentence

  1. … Gottfried had been complaining for months that our local clientele didn't have the class to appreciate the house. —Jane Smiley, Good Faith, 2003

  2. The lunchtime clientele at TJ's was polymorphous as usual, as at District Court, though there was a higher percentage of respectable clients here—local business folk having lunch at one of the last downtown bars that served decent food but wasn't fancy. —Tracy Kidder, Home Town, 1999

  3. The collections shown last month not only had plenty of clothes for the couture clientele to choose from, but, even more importantly, they were loaded with multiple messages for the fashion community at large. —Carrie Donovan, New York Times Magazine, 21 Feb. 1988

  4. According to the State Department in-jokes, this was the most exclusive place in Washington. For its clientele was made up almost entirely of CIA and KGB agents watching one another watching other people. —Erich Segal, The Class, (1985) 1986

  5. The restaurant generally attracts an older clientele.

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Origin and Etymology of clientele

French clientèle, from Latin clientela, from client-, cliens —see client


First Known Use: 1570


CLIENTELE Defined for English Language Learners

clientele

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Definition of clientele for English Language Learners

  • : the group of people who are regular customers at a particular business


CLIENTELE Defined for Kids

clientele

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noun cli·en·tele \ˌklī-ən-ˈtel\

Definition of clientele for Students

  1. :  a group of clients



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