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

Other Words from client

clientage \ ˈklī-​ən-​tij How to pronounce client (audio) \ noun
cliental \ klī-​ˈen-​tᵊl How to pronounce client (audio) , ˈklī-​ən-​ How to pronounce client (audio) \ adjective
clientless \ ˈklī-​ənt-​ləs How to pronounce client (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 Parrish said her client, a 16-year veteran of the sheriff's office, is devastated by the shooting. Fox News, 13 Jan. 2022 Bull and Chunk want to prove their client, a woman on trial for murder, committed the crime because of a brain tumor; the FBI suspects Taylor is committing cybercrimes. Washington Post, 13 Jan. 2022 The client, whose last name is Solis but didn't want his first name used for privacy reasons, has a civil case pending in the state Supreme Court against his landlord, Elizabeth Camelo, and her son, Luis Acevedo. NBC News, 12 Jan. 2022 Graham's client and four other men are scheduled to go to trial on March 8 on federal kidnapping conspiracy charges. Tresa Baldas, Detroit Free Press, 12 Jan. 2022 Intel has hired Jeff Wilcox to be Intel Fellow, design engineering group chief technology officer for client SoC (system-on-a-chip) architecture, according to tech publication The Register. Jeremy Kahn, Fortune, 11 Jan. 2022 Peters acknowledged a previous legislative hearing on an unrelated House bill involving medical care at Coffee Creek Correctional Institution when a lawyer patched in a client, who was in custody, to address lawmakers. oregonlive, 11 Jan. 2022 The other advantage was that the client’s and director’s visions aligned, so creative differences with the Ferretti team were minimal. Michael Verdon, Robb Report, 10 Jan. 2022 Bamberg is particularly angered by the plight of one client, whose deaf son was paralyzed in a car accident. Andrea Marks, Rolling Stone, 9 Jan. 2022

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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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17 Jan 2022

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“Client.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Jan. 2022.

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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
: 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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