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

Synonyms for client


account, customer, guest, patron, punter [chiefly British]

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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

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Other workers use virtual or augmented reality as part of their employment training, to assist them in performing their job or to interact with clients. Jeffrey Hirsch, The Conversation, "Worker-protection laws aren’t ready for an automated future," 28 Aug. 2019 His current roster of clients includes Ukrainian oligarch Dmitry Firtash, who is fighting extradition to Chicago to face sweeping international corruption charges. Jason Meisner,, "Who is Dan Webb? Meet the special prosecutor appointed to the Jussie Smollett case.," 20 Aug. 2019 The staff and clients all moved to other nonprofits, said Executive Director Shari Repinski, who took over RMHS after the 2015 revelations. Andrew Kenney, The Denver Post, "Rocky Mountain Human Services is clear of its old troubles, but transparency questions linger," 15 Aug. 2019 As of Thursday afternoon, McGowan has only heard from two of her clients, and had been trying to contact family members of the two mothers. Camilo Montoya-galvez, CBS News, "Hundreds of undocumented workers released after massive Mississippi raids — but "constant fear" persists," 8 Aug. 2019 What kind of clients are A-OK with multicolor dining chairs, a bright, blue swing, and a slew of pattern in their home? Hadley Keller, House Beautiful, "Nature and Color Collide in the Coolest Way in This California Home," 13 Sep. 2019 Paul Hanly, a lead lawyer for the group of local governments, unions, hospitals and others suing the drug industry in federal court, said in a statement that any breakdown in talks didn’t represent his group of clients. Geoff Mulvihill,, "Settlement talks collapse with Purdue Pharma, maker of OxyContin," 8 Sep. 2019 One of his clients is Walter McMillan (Jamie Foxx), who was sentenced to die in 1987 for the murder of a 18-year-old white girl, but Bryan and fellow legal eagle Eva Ansley (Brie Larson) work tirelessly to overturn his conviction. Brian Truitt, USA TODAY, "TIFF: Michael B. Jordan plays a 'real-life superhero' in legal drama 'Just Mercy'," 7 Sep. 2019 Most of our clients need statement pieces in their wardrobe and this piece definitely is that without being over the top. Max Berlinger, Los Angeles Times, "Fall Fashion Preview: The runway pieces that Southern California retailers are most excited about this season," 6 Sep. 2019

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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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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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