cli·​en·​tele | \ˌklī-ən-ˈtel, 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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In the fashion sphere, designers like Tory Burch, Adam Lippes, and many more have been prompting their customers and clientele to get out and vote. Brooke Bobb, Vogue, "These Fashion Labels Made Voting Merch and Now They’re Sharing Why They’re Headed to the Polls Tomorrow," 5 Nov. 2018 The firm’s designs—and most notably, its custom kitchens—have attracted a clientele that includes Loro Piana, the late architect Renzo Mongiardino, and the late Gianni Agnelli. Maria Shollenbarger, ELLE Decor, "An Italian Design Firm Transforms Discreet-but-Luxe Kitchens with a Timeless Florentine Aesthetic," 18 Oct. 2018 But contrary to what some may think, IHOP has a strong customer base of younger clientele and wants to expand its urban locations to be closer to those customers, Rebelez said in an interview. Greg Trotter,, "IHOP eyes urban expansion in Chicago, other major cities," 13 June 2018 Tarpon Bend, with its loft-like decor, live music performances and hip urban clientele, drew hearty lunch-time crowds of hungry workers to the area. Howard Cohen, miamiherald, "Tarpon Bend's flagship location closing after helping revitalize a hip urban block | Miami Herald," 18 May 2018 Throughout the decade, Jones’s Covent Garden salon attracted royal clientele and celebrity clients like Princess Diana, Grace Jones, and Isabella Blow. Aubrey Almanza, Allure, "The Bizarre History of Fascinators and Why People Wear Them to Royal Weddings," 18 May 2018 In footage that has since gone viral, a young man in Marlton, N.J., likely shocked the staff and clientele at a Shake Shack restaurant after rising from his seat and loudly demanding to know who made his burger. Michael Bartiromo, Fox News, "Shake Shack customer commends burger cooks in viral video," 26 Mar. 2018 Cars tend to sell for high dollar amounts because of the site’s clientele. Zachary Palmer, Popular Mechanics, "The 10 Best Sites to Buy and Sell Your Car Online," 7 Aug. 2018 The clientele is male and female — ranging in age from 16 to 85. Hartford Magazine,, "Eight Great Workouts For The New Year," 8 Jan. 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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English Language Learners Definition of clientele

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


cli·​en·​tele | \ˌklī-ən-ˈtel \

Kids Definition of clientele

: a group of clients

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