Origin of client
Examples from the Web for cliental
Historical Examples of 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
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.