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clientele

[klahy-uh n-tel, klee-ahn-] /ˌklaɪ ənˈtɛl, ˌkli ɑn-/
noun
1.
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.
2.
dependents or followers.
Origin of clientele
1555-1565
1555-65; < Latin clientēla, equivalent to client- (see client) + -ēla collective noun suffix; (def 1) probably < French clientèle < Latin
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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

clientele

/ˌkliːɒnˈtɛl/
noun
1.
customers or clients collectively
Word Origin
C16: from Latin clientēla, from cliēnsclient
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Word Origin and History for clientele
n.

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).

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