cli·​ent | \ ˈklī-ənt How to pronounce client (audio) \

Definition of client

1 : one that is under the protection of another : dependent a first-rate power, able to defend her political clients in central and eastern Europe— W. W. Kulski
2a : a person who engages the professional advice or services of another a lawyer's clients a personal trainer … enjoyed the challenges of helping clients buff up their bodies.— S. K. Parks
b : customer hotel clients a restaurant's clients
c : a person served by or utilizing the services of a social agency a welfare client
d : a computer in a network that uses the services (such as access to files or shared peripherals) provided by a server also : software that allows a computer to function as a client in a network

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Other Words from client

clientage \ ˈklī-​ən-​tij How to pronounce clientage (audio) \ noun
cliental \ klī-​ˈen-​tᵊl How to pronounce cliental (audio) , ˈklī-​ən-​ How to pronounce cliental (audio) \ adjective
clientless \ ˈklī-​ənt-​ləs How to pronounce clientless (audio) \ adjective

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Examples of client in a Sentence

The accountant is meeting with another client right now, but she'll be able to see you later this afternoon. a law firm soliciting new clients through television advertising
Recent Examples on the Web Everyone seemed to work in the film and fashion industries for foreign clients. Thomas Chatterton Williams, Harper's Magazine, "The Wanderer’s Port," 30 Mar. 2020 Each customer gets two bowls, one has the developer and the other the customized color that the salon mixes just before the client arrives. Dana Hunsinger Benbow, Indianapolis Star, "Carmel salon launches curbside color to get you through roots and gray during coronavirus," 28 Mar. 2020 Her program entails the client sending her pictures of the room as well as the dimensions. Lia Picard, House Beautiful, "Designers Are Going Digital in the Time of Coronavirus—Here's How It Works," 27 Mar. 2020 At least 24 of 94 residents and patients of St. Joseph’s Senior Home in Woodbridge, about 20 miles south of Newark, have tested positive for coronavirus and the other 70 clients are also believed to have the virus, authorities said. NBC News, "Photo: Lone Metro rider in DC," 26 Mar. 2020 But hotel rooms would work only if the client has a safety plan that makes staying in a hotel feasible. Paula Dobbyn, Anchorage Daily News, "Alaska’s domestic violence shelters face new pressures as risks to vulnerable people rise during pandemic," 26 Mar. 2020 The Morton Center was able to find financial assistance for the client but expects demand for such services to surge as the coronavirus pandemic continues and hardship grows. Deborah Yetter, The Courier-Journal, "Louisville addiction recovery groups find new ways to help as coronavirus spreads," 21 Mar. 2020 Flynn's team, led by Sidney Powell, a former federal prosecutor, is now pressing for the dismissal of his case, arguing that the client was unfairly treated by the FBI. Zachary Halaschak, Washington Examiner, "Trump considering 'full pardon' for Michael Flynn after FBI 'lost' records," 15 Mar. 2020 The client had three years of anticipated living expenses out of the stock market in a reserve account. Washington Post, "As stocks tumble, long-term investors advised to sit tight," 10 Mar. 2020

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First Known Use of client

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for client

Middle English, from Anglo-French & Latin; Anglo-French client, from Latin client-, cliens; perhaps akin to Latin clinare to lean — more at lean

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The first known use of client was in the 14th century

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2 Apr 2020

Cite this Entry

“Client.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Apr. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of client

: a person who pays a professional person or organization for services
: a customer in a shop or hotel
computers : a computer in a network that uses the services provided by a server


cli·​ent | \ ˈklī-ənt How to pronounce client (audio) \

Kids Definition of client

: a person who uses the professional advice or services of another

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