from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The clients of a professional person or practice considered as a group.
  • n. A body of customers or patrons: a restaurant's clientele.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The body or class of people who frequent an establishment or purchase a service, especially when considered as forming a more-or-less homogeneous group of clients in terms of values or habits.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The condition or position of a client; clientship.
  • n. The clients or dependents of a nobleman of patron.
  • n. The persons who make habitual use of the services of another person; one's clients, collectively

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The condition or relation of a client.
  • n. Clients collectively.
  • n. Interests of a client; patronage.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. customers collectively


French clientèle, from Latin clientēla, clientship, from cliēns, client; see client.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From French clientèle, ultimately from Latin cliēns (English client). (Wiktionary)


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  • It's something to speak of the way you are feeling
    To crowds there assembled
    Do you ever feel you have gone too far?
    Everyone suffers in silence a burden
    The man who drives minicabs down in Old Compton
    The Asian man
    With his love-hate affair
    With his racist clientele.

    (The boy with the Arab strap, by Belle and Sebastian)

    November 12, 2008