[ klahy-uh nt ]
/ ˈklaɪ ənt /



being a regular customer: a client company.
economically, and often militarily, dependent upon a more prosperous, more powerful nation.

Nearby words

  1. clickstream,
  2. clicks‐and‐mortar,
  3. clickthrough,
  4. clicktivism,
  5. clickwrap,
  6. client state,
  7. client-centered therapy,
  8. client-centred therapy,
  9. client/server network,
  10. clientage

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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British Dictionary definitions for client


/ (ˈklaɪənt) /


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

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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

Science definitions for client


[ klīənt ]

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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