cli·​en·​tele | \ ˌklī-ən-ˈtel How to pronounce clientele (audio) , ˌklē-ən- also ˌklē-ˌän-\

Definition of clientele

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

Examples of clientele in a Sentence

… Gottfried had been complaining for months that our local clientele didn't have the class to appreciate the house. — Jane Smiley, Good Faith, 2003 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 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 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 The restaurant generally attracts an older clientele.
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The restaurant, in business for 33 years, still draws a national and international clientele, thanks to Biba’s reach via television. Linda Zavoral, The Mercury News, "Sacramento culinary legend Biba Caggiano dies at 82," 29 Aug. 2019 High-end clientele including Lil Wayne and Nicki Minaj are among the stars known to drop five and six-figures at the diamond destination. Fox News, "Employees tied up in ‘massive’ New York Diamond District heist," 26 Aug. 2019 The company boasts a stellar e-commerce operation, a loyal clientele, a promising start to website-only brands (currently, the assortment of such merchandise is 500,000 items), and enormous (although possibly eroding) clout with vendors. Phil Wahba, Fortune, "Macy’s Stock Tanks As Old Problems Prove Intractable," 14 Aug. 2019 Russell notes that Shift’s online sales model tends to attract a younger, coastal clientele, so those figures may not match the national mix. Alex Davies, WIRED, "Now on Used Car Lots: Great Electric Vehicles for Cheap," 5 Aug. 2019 All the rooms are created for a sophisticated clientele, who is worldly and well-traveled with high standards and expectations. Vanessa Lawrence, ELLE Decor, "These Maisons at Napa's Auberge du Soleil Will Transport You to Provence," 8 July 2019 Since opening June 23, Encore Boston Harbor in Everett has drawn a clientele that cuts across demographic lines — race, class, and age — to an extent rarely seen in the Boston area. Joshua Miller,, "At new casino, luck be a lady — and a man, black, white, Latino, Asian, old, and young," 6 July 2019 Bear Tooth Grill in Spenard serves plenty of meat but also has a dedicated vegan clientele, said general manager Stephanie Johnson. Annie Zak, Anchorage Daily News, "Anchorage restaurants make room on menus for new ‘plant-based’ burgers," 27 June 2019 Markham, then 25 and splitting his time between his hometown of Albuquerque, New Mexico, and L.A., was the heir apparent to Sebring's 400-plus clientele, which included Paul Newman, Frank Sinatra and Steve McQueen. Tatiana Siegel, The Hollywood Reporter, "Manson Victim's Friend Posits Alternative Motive: "I Never Bought Into the Race War Theory"," 30 July 2019

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First Known Use of clientele

1570, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for clientele

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

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English Language Learners Definition of clientele

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


cli·​en·​tele | \ ˌklī-ən-ˈtel How to pronounce clientele (audio) \

Kids Definition of clientele

: a group of clients

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