[ klahy-uh nt ]
/ ˈklaɪ ənt /
a person or group that uses the professional advice or services of a lawyer, accountant, advertising agency, architect, etc.
a person who is receiving the benefits, services, etc., of a social welfare agency, a government bureau, etc.
anyone under the patronage of another; a dependent.
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.
(in ancient Rome) a plebeian who lived under the patronage of a patrician.
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
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Examples from the Web for cliental
A group of five comets, including Halley's, own a sort of cliental dependence upon the planet Neptune.A Popular History of Astronomy During the Nineteenth Century|Agnes M. (Agnes Mary) Clerke
British Dictionary definitions for cliental
/ (ˈklaɪənt) /
a person, company, etc, that seeks the advice of a professional man or woman
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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Science definitions for cliental
[ klī′ənt ]
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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