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.
Recent Examples of clientele from the Web
Its top-tier clientele don't ask the kind of questions a regular customer might when buying a car.
Livestock in those days arrived at Jefferson City's riverfront, whereupon the animals were driven to abattoirs dispersed citywide, thus allowing butchers to slaughter as needed and sell the fresh meat promptly to local clientele.
Architect and interior designer Daniel Romualdez has a roster of stylish clientele and a long list of high-profile projects, but his small, 1,730-square-foot retreat in Montauk is a master class in simplicity.
Its main streets now bustle with activity—children playing, vendors hawking goods in Arabic to the town’s now largely Syrian clientele, who have taken refuge there over the past six years.
Since Hot Chicken Takeover is not serving a clientele conditioned to cayenne for generations, helpful employees walk down the line armed with menus and explanations.
But his clientele has dwindled as young and tech-savvy Vietnamese increasingly use ride-hailing apps like Uber and Grab to summon cheaper, safer motorbike taxis.
For the first time, the Supreme Court will decide whether these business operators have to accept gay clientele.
An employer may, however, punish an employee who insults the employer’s clientele, even if the employee also complains about his or her compensation.
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CLIENTELE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of clientele for English Language Learners
: the group of people who are regular customers at a particular business
CLIENTELE Defined for Kids
Definition of clientele for Students
: a group of clients
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