Origin of client
Examples from the Web for client
“We all shook hands and my client told me to leave,” he said.
She says she will have to fight in “other ways” to get her client freed.
“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|Aurora Snow|January 3, 2015|DAILY BEAST
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|Tom Teodorczuk|December 1, 2014|DAILY BEAST
When a client needs to move something by air, Phoenix gets it done.The American Ebola Rescue Plan Hinges on One Company. Meet Phoenix.|Abby Haglage|November 22, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Squire Cleaves, for the defendant, then reviewed the testimony for and against his client.Freaks of Fortune|Oliver Optic
If any one did not attach himself as client to a great family he was lost.Folkways|William Graham Sumner
In his heart of hearts, he did believe that that codicil had been fraudulently manufactured by his friend and client, Lady Mason.Orley Farm|Anthony Trollope
It would be unprofessional, I suppose, to name your client, so I'll not ask you.The Colonel's Dream|Charles W. Chesnutt
Hewitt pressed his client into a chair and produced his note-book.The Red Triangle|Arthur Morrison
British Dictionary definitions for client
Word Origin for client
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.