[klahy-uh n-tel, klee-ahn-]


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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Historical Examples of clientele

  • The clientele formed its own opinion of the cause of this, her only such condescension.

  • Not that all the books in Mr. Rowlandson's shop are old; his clientele is too diversified.

    Old Valentines

    Munson Aldrich Havens

  • The clientele of the Express will not be made up of his puppets!

    Carmen Ariza

    Charles Francis Stocking

  • Here his relations with the German and his clientele came to an end.

  • You may even attain to quite a fashionable practice,—or clientele, which is it?

    From the Housetops

    George Barr McCutcheon

British Dictionary definitions for clientele


clientage (ˈklaɪəntɪdʒ)


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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