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 The clientele is mostly Jewish, but Judaism is not part of their mission. The Salt Lake Tribune, "Commentary: The most Jewish thing that Ruth Bader Ginsburg ever did," 22 Sep. 2020 Bookings have been down as international travelers remain home, but the local clientele are loyal. Qin Xie, Travel + Leisure, "How 7 Restaurants Around the World Are Reimagining Fine Dining in the COVID Era," 16 Sep. 2020 Even her 10-year-old daughter helps serve the clientele who often wait in lines that wrap around the block for Silvana’s locally famous menudo. Wendy Fry, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Immigrants, hit hard by the pandemic, are sending even more money back to Mexico," 5 Sep. 2020 Leaks said the clientele is focused on senior citizens and baby boomers seeking an environment with amenities such as dining, fitness and swimming, as well as care services. Alvaro Montano, Houston Chronicle, "Resort-style senior living community coming to Spring area in April 2021," 21 Aug. 2020 Sunset Corridor office, often works with a younger clientele interested in rural properties. oregonlive, "Moving to the burbs is suddenly back in style: City dwellers with coronavirus cabin fever lead the way," 6 Sep. 2020 In popular Mexican resort towns like Cabo San Lucas on the West Coast, or Tulum on the East Coast, pharmacies, doctors and dentists targeting US clientele dot the main drag, their prices on bright display. Caitlin Hu, CNN, "With Canada and Mexico borders closed, Americans are trapped in their own healthcare system," 31 Aug. 2020 Darden has the benefit of being in the skin-care industry for over a decade and loyal, affluent clientele like Kelly Rowland and Jessica Alba. Amber Ferguson, Washington Post, "The creative ways beauty pros are facing the pandemic," 18 June 2020 His clientele has now expanded to include Wyoming, Indian Hill and Mariemont of the Cincinnati Hills League, Lebanon and Kings of the Eastern Cincinnati Conference and Princeton of the Greater Miami Conference. Scott Springer, The Enquirer, "Broadcast options for those unable to attend Friday night football," 27 Aug. 2020

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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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The first known use of clientele was in 1570

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27 Sep 2020

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“Clientele.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Oct. 2020.

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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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