[klahy-uh nt]



being a regular customer: a client company.
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)
Related formscli·en·tal [klahy-en-tl, klahy-uh n-tl] /klaɪˈɛn tl, ˈklaɪ ən tl/, adjectivenon·cli·ent, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Contemporary Examples of client

Historical Examples of client

  • But he's now the client, the creature of Cardinal Sanguinetti.

  • 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.

    The Avenger

    E. Phillips Oppenheim

  • If you can find them, I think it very likely that my client might make you a similar offer.

    The Avenger

    E. Phillips Oppenheim

British Dictionary definitions for client



a person, company, etc, that seeks the advice of a professional man or woman
a customer
a person who is registered with or receiving services or financial aid from a welfare agency
computing a program or work station that requests data or information from a server
a person depending on another's patronage
Derived Formscliental (klaɪˈɛntəl), adjective

Word Origin for client

C14: from Latin cliēns retainer, dependant; related to Latin clīnāre to lean
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History 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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

client in Science



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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