from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun The clients of a professional person or practice considered as a group.
  • noun A body of customers or patrons.

from The Century Dictionary.

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

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

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

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun 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 WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun customers collectively


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

[French clientèle, from Latin clientēla, clientship, from cliēns, client; see client.]

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From French clientèle, ultimately from Latin cliēns (English client).


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