[ klahy-uh n-tel, klee-ahn- ]
/ ˌklaɪ ənˈtɛl, ˌkli ɑn- /


the clients or customers, as of a professional person or shop, considered collectively; a group or body of clients: This jewelry store has a wealthy clientele.
dependents or followers.

Origin of clientele

1555–65; < Latin clientēla, equivalent to client- (see client) + -ēla collective noun suffix; (def 1) probably < French clientèle < Latin Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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clientage (ˈklaɪəntɪdʒ)

/ (ˌkliːɒnˈtɛl) /


customers or clients collectively

Word Origin for clientele

C16: from Latin clientēla, from cliēns client
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Word Origin and History for clientele



1560s, "body of professed adherents," from French clientèle (16c.), from Latin clientela "relationship between dependent and patron, body of clients," from clientem (nominative cliens; see client). Meaning "customers, those who regularly patronize a business or professional" is from 1857, perhaps a reborrowing from French (it was used in English in italics as a foreign word from 1836).

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