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[klahy-uh n-tel, klee-ahn-] /ˌklaɪ ənˈtɛl, ˌkli ɑn-/
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
1555-65; < Latin clientēla, equivalent to client- (see client) + -ēla collective noun suffix; (def 1) probably < French clientèle < Latin Unabridged
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  • The clientele formed its own opinion of the cause of this, her only such condescension.

  • 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
British Dictionary definitions for clientele


customers or clients collectively
Word Origin
C16: from Latin clientēla, from cliēnsclient
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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).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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