clientele

noun
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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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, courant.com, "Eight Great Workouts For The New Year," 8 Jan. 2018 Swanky clientele aside, the West Hollywood hotspot has quickly become highly sought for anyone looking for a next-level cut with a generous side of good vibes — and a glass of bubbly. Karina Hoshikawa, Allure, "Exclusive: Nine Zero One Salon Founders Riawna Capri and Nikki Lee are Launching Their Own Hair-Care Line Called In Common," 18 Oct. 2018 On the flip side, though, a more low-key look could be highly appealing to a celebrity clientele, who'd covet an unassuming exterior that's less likely to be flanked by paparazzi day and night. Candace Braun Davison, House Beautiful, "There's An Interesting Theory Why Justin Timberlake's New York Penthouse Hasn't Sold," 25 July 2018 While a few cater primarily to an LGBT clientele, the vast majority of older LGBT people will live in facilities that serve the general population, according to SAGE. Tara Bahrampour, chicagotribune.com, "Retirement communities turn their sights on a once-invisible group: LGBT seniors," 11 July 2018 While a few cater primarily to an LGBT clientele, the vast majority of older LGBT people will live in facilities that serve the general population, according to SAGE. Tara Bahrampour, Washington Post, "Retirement communities turn their sights on a once-invisible group: LGBT seniors," 8 July 2018 Now, Tokyo boasts an impressive celebrity clientele, including Cardi B, Nicki Minaj, Rihanna and plenty more. Kaitlyn Frey, PEOPLE.com, "Kylie Jenner's Wig Guru Tokyo Stylez Says She Owns 'At Least 100' of His Creations," 25 Apr. 2018 But other entities less traditionally associated with sports are finding creative ways to capitalize on the World Cup fever to bring in new clientele. Dylan Jackson, miamiherald, "It's not just bars. From art museums to fundraisers, Miami has World Cup fever," 10 July 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 \

Kids Definition of clientele

: a group of clients

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