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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Recent Examples on the Web Shou Sugi Ban House — frequented by soul-searching celebrity clientele — curates an immersive wellness experience with just 13 rooms and culinary programming designed by chef Mads Refslund of noma fame. Maya Kachroo-levine, Travel + Leisure, 8 Sep. 2021 The stylist's clientele ranges in race and ethnicity. Kaitlyn Mcna, Allure, 24 Aug. 2021 The brands that have such clientele are ubiquitous—think Nike, Apple. Rachel Besser, Vogue, 23 Aug. 2021 The Bradley House’s faithful clientele are pleased, Cosgrave said. Alex Demarban, Anchorage Daily News, 21 Aug. 2021 Figures like Ball, Goodridge and Washington established prosperous studios catering to both Black and white clientele. New York Times, 17 Aug. 2021 Audemars Piguet just rolled out a slew of Royal Oaks for its women clientele, although they can be worn on any wrist, depending on your size and style preference. Paige Reddinger, Robb Report, 7 July 2021 Teresa Marez spent 14 years building a strong clientele base as a hair stylist in San Antonio. oregonlive, 16 June 2021 One of the keys to running a seven-figure business is to ensure that your clientele always wins and succeeds. Michael Graziano, Forbes, 31 Aug. 2021

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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.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Sep. 2021.

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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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