cli·en·tele | \ˌklī-ən-ˈtel, 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 other night, the clientele looked like background actors, hired for atmosphere. Hannah Goldfield, The New Yorker, "Chicha, the Delicious New Nicaraguan Restaurant That Caters to Millennial Cliché," 12 July 2018 In a rare mixed gathering in Riyadh, a half-dozen or so men, most of them brothers of the female clientele, sipped coffee alongside several dozen female guests. Washington Post, "Saudi women on the front line of change," 17 June 2018 His pot clientele includes a few Buddhist monks, who serve roughly the same ornamental, exoticizing function as the Chinese restaurant (cue the strings) where the family stops at one point. Justin Chang,, "'Boundaries' takes the road all too quirkily traveled," 21 June 2018 Why would a successful jewelry designer—with a loyal clientele and her own line sold at more than 80 stores in the U.S.—sign up for the headaches of running a shop? Isa Giallorenzo, Chicago Reader, "Style Ravenswood's Sailor features jewelry, textiles, fine teas, handmade shoes, and more," 25 June 2018 Café Palreal This is the spot for breakfast or brunch, with two levels and a garden, lush and green and eternally filled with attractive clientele. Julia Sherman, Vogue, "Ceramics, Chilaquiles, and Micheladas: An Artist’s Guide to Guadalajara," 10 May 2018 The pot comedy comes from creators Katja Blichfeld and Ben Sinclair, and stars the latter as a bearded, pot-dealing deliveryman whose growing clientele is keeping him busier than ever. Bryn Elise Sandberg, The Hollywood Reporter, "HBO Renews 'Crashing,' 'High Maintenance' for Season 3," 21 Feb. 2018 However, Gifford stressed talking to people in person and building relationships is still an effective way to build clientele. Patrick Cooley,, "How social media is changing the game for Cleveland's bars and restaurants," 8 Feb. 2018 The cast of Vanderpump Rules is among Chan’s most loyal clientele. Patti Greco, Glamour, "How Kyle Chan Became the Unofficial Jeweler to the Stars on Bravo," 28 June 2018

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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 \

Kids Definition of clientele

: a group of clients

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