[ klahy-uhnt ]
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  1. a person or group that uses the professional advice or services of a lawyer, accountant, advertising agency, architect, etc.

  2. a person who is receiving the benefits, services, etc., of a social welfare agency, a government bureau, etc.

  1. a customer.

  2. anyone under the patronage of another; a dependent.

  3. Computers. a computer or an application on a computer that communicates with a remote server: Exit the program before installing the patch to update the client.

  4. (in ancient Rome) a plebeian who lived under the patronage of a patrician.

  1. being a regular customer: a client company.

  2. economically, and often militarily, dependent upon a more prosperous, more powerful nation.

Origin of client

1350–1400; Middle English <Latin client-, stem of cliēns person seeking the protection or influence of someone powerful; perhaps akin to clīnāre to bend (see incline)

Other words from client

  • cli·en·tal [klahy-en-tl, klahy-uhn-tl], /klaɪˈɛn tl, ˈklaɪ ən tl/, adjective
  • non·cli·ent, adjective

Words Nearby client Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use client in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for client


/ (ˈklaɪənt) /

  1. a person, company, etc, that seeks the advice of a professional man or woman

  2. a customer

  1. a person who is registered with or receiving services or financial aid from a welfare agency

  2. computing a program or work station that requests data or information from a server

  3. a person depending on another's patronage

Origin of client

C14: from Latin cliēns retainer, dependant; related to Latin clīnāre to lean

Derived forms of client

  • cliental (klaɪˈɛntəl), adjective

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Scientific definitions for client


[ klīənt ]

  1. A program that runs on a personal computer or workstation connected to a computer network and requests information from a file server.

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