clientele

noun
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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Online retailers and brick and mortar stores displayed wildly different attitudes towards what sorts of products their clientele might be comfortable with. Lux Alptraum, Vox, "PlusOne is the first brand of personal massagers Walmart will sell.," 25 Oct. 2018 Get our daily newsletter McKinsey is well-known for keeping the details of its consulting work and its clientele close to its chest. The Economist, "McKinsey manages to get itself sued for racketeering," 19 May 2018 And all this with a price cut that is intended, in part, to attract the Encore clientele who have acquired a growing family. Al Haas, Philly.com, "Refreshed for 2019, Buick Envision is roomy, comfortable, and quiet," 12 July 2018 Another dessert, like frosted chocolate cake, would have required special ingredients and was viewed as too decadent for the clientele, Mr. O’Connor said. Corinne Ramey, WSJ, "Who Serves the Best Holiday Carrot Cake? Hint: It Has a Captive Audience," 25 Dec. 2018 Not only is the clientele dazzling (Susan Sarandon has just left), but everybody is on his or her own emotional journey. Daisy Finer, Condé Nast Traveler, "The Golden Door Is the World's Most Iconic Spa," 21 Dec. 2018 The clientele too sometimes brings unwanted attention. Maer Roshan, Town & Country, "In Beverly Hills and Beyond, Bijan Carries on a Tradition of Excess and Exclusivity," 22 Oct. 2018 The quirks and the eclectic clientele have remained right up until the end. James Sullivan, BostonGlobe.com, "In a sentimental mood at Ryles," 27 June 2018 When things go wrong and men such as plumbers or electricians must be summoned, the cafe closes so that the female clientele are not put into uncomfortable proximity with men, staff members said. Washington Post, "Saudi women on the front line of change," 17 June 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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clientele

noun

English Language Learners Definition of clientele

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

clientele

noun
cli·​en·​tele | \ ˌklī-ən-ˈtel How to pronounce clientele (audio) \

Kids Definition of clientele

: a group of clients

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