cli·​en·​tele ˌklī-ən-ˈtel How to pronounce clientele (audio)
 also  ˌklē-ˌän-
: a body of clients
a shop that caters to an exclusive clientele

Example Sentences

… 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.
Recent Examples on the Web Jane Doe #3 is a massage therapist for high-profile individuals, working almost exclusively with a clientele of A-list celebrities. Elizabeth Wagmeister, Variety, 2 Nov. 2022 The wait for Pascal Mouawad, a jeweler with a celebrity clientele, was far shorter. Alene Tchekmedyian, Los Angeles Times, 15 Sep. 2022 The bar came with a clientele that frequents it for games of pool and lunches of Philly cheesesteaks, jalapeno poppers, wings and fries. Cheryl V. Jackson, The Indianapolis Star, 8 Sep. 2022 The area has become a bustling playground known for a few good bars and restaurants and galleries with young clientele that straddles the worlds of media, fashion, skateboarding, art and every other vaunted downtown Manhattan pursuit. New York Times, 25 July 2022 Mark Rylance stars in a crime drama about a Savile Row tailor who relocates to Chicago and winds up with a clientele of gangsters. Marisa Lascala, Good Housekeeping, 10 May 2022 Her husband, a childhood friend from Jamaica, is an electrical engineer with an international clientele. Washington Post, 25 Jan. 2022 Take a seat at the bar and chat with some the other clientele or sit at a booth and bask in the immaculate vibes. Michaela Heidemann, Chron, 16 Dec. 2021 With a strong, stable, experienced team in place, loyal clientele and the right banking support, Rigney and partners have positioned Level Four in a real sweet spot for success. Bob Verini, Variety, 3 Nov. 2022 See More

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Word History


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

First Known Use

1570, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of clientele was in 1570

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Cite this Entry

“Clientele.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Nov. 2022.

Kids Definition



cli·​en·​tele ˌklī-ən-ˈtel How to pronounce clientele (audio)
: a group of clients

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