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. Parksb : customer hotel clients a restaurant's clientsc : a person served by or utilizing the services of a social agency a welfare clientd : 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
3 : client state
clientageplay \-ən-tij\ noun
clientalplay \klī-ˈen-təl, ˈklī-ən-\ adjective
clientlessplay \ˈklī-ənt-ləs\ adjective
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 of client from the Web
In addition to providing accounting services for a number of clients on a consulting basis, she's held positions at Touche Ross & Co. (now Deloitte), California Federal Bank and KPMG.
Putin acted in Ukraine in response to a client state that was about to slip out of his grasp.
The wool is hand-spun, -woven, and -dyed in Nepal, and the finished products—scarves, blankets, coats, dressing gowns—are delivered to his principal client, Hermès.
A week or so ago a long-time client asked me to review an opportunity one of her business partners had sent her way.
But women with personal-status cases make up the majority of her client base.
The Securities and Exchange Commission counts roughly three hundred day-trading offices around the country that together serve thousands of clients.
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Origin and Etymology of client
Middle English, from Anglo-French & Latin; Anglo-French client, from Latin client-, cliens; perhaps akin to Latin clinare to lean — more at lean
First Known Use: 14th century
CLIENT Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of client for English Language Learners
: 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
CLIENT Defined for Kids
Definition of client for Students
: a person who uses the professional advice or services of another
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