Origin of client
Related Words for clientpatient, shopper, patron, applicant, buyer, consumer, head, dependent, believer, mark, chump, follower, front, ward, disciple, purchaser, walk-in
Examples from the Web for client
Contemporary Examples of client
“We all shook hands and my client told me to leave,” he said.France Kills Charlie Hebdo Murderers
January 9, 2015
She says she will have to fight in “other ways” to get her client freed.Amal Clooney vs. Egypt’s Courts
January 4, 2015
“Our first few months we had maybe one client and then we went on The Tyra Banks Show,” says James.Career-Minded Women Turn to Male Escorts For No-Strings Fun and (Maybe) Sex
January 3, 2015
He was so impressed by the socks that he invited me through my client to come and visit him.The Hot Designer Who Hates Fashion: VK Nagrani Triumphs His Own Way
December 1, 2014
When a client needs to move something by air, Phoenix gets it done.The American Ebola Rescue Plan Hinges on One Company. Meet Phoenix.
November 22, 2014
Historical Examples of client
But he's now the client, the creature of Cardinal Sanguinetti.The Three Cities Trilogy, Complete
I have known a man use his pretty daughter to gain a client.Roden's Corner
Henry Seton Merriman
Arthur Lovell went back to his client, and told him what the girl said.Henry Dunbar
M. E. Braddon
The matter of business between you and myself, or rather my client, is this.
If you can find them, I think it very likely that my client might make you a similar offer.
Word Origin for client
late 14c., from Anglo-French clyent (c.1300), from Latin clientem (nominative cliens) "follower, retainer," perhaps a variant of present participle of cluere "listen, follow, obey" (see listen); or, more likely, from clinare "to incline, bend," from suffixed form of PIE root *klei- "to lean" (see lean (v.)).
The ground sense apparently is of one who leans on another for protection. In ancient Rome, a plebian under protection of a patrician (called patronus in this relationship; see patron); in English originally "a lawyer's customer," by c.1600 extended to any customer.