clientele

noun
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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Melissa is Nashville royalty, as Jenny describes her, with a high-profile clientele that includes Loretta Lynn (and Carrie Underwood as well). Maggie Burch, House Beautiful, ""How A 'Property Brothers' Episode Changed My Life"," 12 Jan. 2019 The occasion was the launch of Queens, Alta Moda Di Dolce & Gabbana (Assouline), a glossy paean to the house’s most unabashedly glamorous clientele. Marley Marius, Vogue, "Queens, Alta Moda Di Dolce & Gabbana," 13 Mar. 2019 Why Go NowThe gorgeously sun-bleached, 58-villa Six Senses Ninh Van Bay has been quietly besting the competition for years, luring a chic yet low-key clientele that’s a world apart from the boozy bacchanal of Nha Trang itself. Peter Jon Lindberg, Condé Nast Traveler, "How to Take Your Vietnam Trip to the Next Level," 20 Nov. 2018 Grueling, low-cal, high-cardio regimens still have plenty of overachieving fans, but resorts like the four here cater to another clientele. Margot Dougherty, WSJ, "Wellness Getaways That Come With Tequila," 20 Feb. 2019 Owned by parent company Diageo, the Irish beer brand is aiming to attract younger clientele with its new $80 million space. Brittany Shoot, Fortune, "Cheers! Guinness Opening First U.S. Brewery in 64 Years," 28 June 2018 Chet's is a classic roadside tavern, with a pool table, a jukebox, a popcorn machine, and a large clientele of bikers. Edward Mcclelland, Chicago Reader, "Meet Resurrection Mary, the ghost of Archer Avenue," 26 June 2018 Single Ladies While Revel sought a clientele that would think nothing of dropping big bucks for Beyonce, Hard Rock is going for broader appeal, with comedians Amy Schumer and Jon Lovitz and country stars Florida Georgia Line and Blake Shelton. Elise Young, Bloomberg.com, "Just as Atlantic City Stems Bleeding, Competition Closes In," 25 Apr. 2018 Online retailers and brick and mortar stores displayed wildly different attitudes towards what sorts of products their clientele might be comfortable with. Lux Alptraum, Vox, "PlusOne is the first brand of personal massagers Walmart will sell.," 25 Oct. 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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clientele

noun

English Language Learners Definition of clientele

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

clientele

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

Kids Definition of clientele

: a group of clients

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