- the clients or customers, as of a professional person or shop, considered collectively; a group or body of clients: This jewelry store has a wealthy clientele.
- dependents or followers.
Origin of clientele
Examples from the Web for clientele
With this sophisticated tone set, the shop opened and developed a clientele.The Bookstore That Bewitched Mick Jagger, John Lennon, and Greta Garbo
December 16, 2014
Over time, the clientele began to shift and their cargo needs evolved.The American Ebola Rescue Plan Hinges on One Company. Meet Phoenix.
November 22, 2014
Wisely, we did, and then made for a small café that served a clientele of recently stranded refugees.Watching ISIS Come to Power Again
September 7, 2014
The clientele enjoy participating in the affluent ambiance that the music projects.Jazz (The Music of Coffee and Donuts) Has Respect, But It Needs Love
June 15, 2014
“Naomi and I are quite close,” said Williams, who has since added Suki Waterhouse and Emily Mortimer as clientele.Celebrity Stylists Dish About Dressing for the Oscars
February 27, 2014
The clientele formed its own opinion of the cause of this, her only such condescension.The Incomplete Amorist
Not that all the books in Mr. Rowlandson's shop are old; his clientele is too diversified.Old Valentines
Munson Aldrich Havens
The clientele of the Express will not be made up of his puppets!Carmen Ariza
Charles Francis Stocking
Here his relations with the German and his clientele came to an end.The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse
Vicente Blasco Ibanez
You may even attain to quite a fashionable practice,—or clientele, which is it?From the Housetops
George Barr McCutcheon
- customers or clients collectively
Word Origin and History for clientele
1560s, "body of professed adherents," from French clientèle (16c.), from Latin clientela "relationship between dependent and patron, body of clients," from clientem (nominative cliens; see client). Meaning "customers, those who regularly patronize a business or professional" is from 1857, perhaps a reborrowing from French (it was used in English in italics as a foreign word from 1836).