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
Gal Gadot, Chloe Grace Moretz and Anna Faris are among the A-list clientele of the departing reps.
When Enid dyes her hair green in the middle of the film, she’s immediately mocked by the aggressive clientele at the local record store.
Ingram is represented by Roc Nation, which counts Rhianna and several other musical artists among its clientele.
That’s the majority of engagement that the clientele or even collectors at this level have.
The Lakers hired Gunnar Peterson, who counts celebrities among his past clientele, to be their director of strength and endurance.
First, it’s written in the Russian language, and caters to only Russian clientele.
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Origin and Etymology of clientele
French clientèle, from Latin clientela, from client-, cliens —see client
First Known Use: 1570
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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