- 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.
- a customer.
- 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.
- client state.
- (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
Related Words for clientspatient, shopper, patron, applicant, buyer, consumer, head, dependent, believer, mark, chump, follower, front, ward, disciple, purchaser, walk-in
Examples from the Web for clients
Contemporary Examples of clients
Certainly, she seems to command near-total devotion among her clients.How Taryn Toomey’s ‘The Class’ Became New York’s Latest Fitness Craze
January 9, 2015
She has had clients from all over the world, including Ireland and India, who are drawn to her via word of mouth and her website.Inside A Finishing School for Transwomen
December 27, 2014
In 21 years of operation, La Domaine has served over 6,000 clients from over 25 different countries and nearly 500 couples.Dungeons and Genital Clamps: Inside a Legendary BDSM Chateau
December 20, 2014
The idea to invest in their own hair company came from Miko after seeing how clients at their salon responded to her natural hair.Goodbye To A Natural Hair Guru: Miss Jessie's Cofounder Titi Branch Dead At 45
December 16, 2014
Even if her clients are convicted—and she does have many now in jail—she at least brings attention to their cases.The Straight Hero of Cameroon’s Gays
December 10, 2014
Historical Examples of clients
It was convenient, though not as comfortable as he could wish for his clients.It Happened in Egypt
C. N. Williamson
He wondered where the clients of the hotel had hidden themselves.The Incomplete Amorist
As to their clients, that is another thing; God knows they have much to digest!The Letters of Robert Burns
They are well fed and dressed in a way to attract the clients as much as possible.The Sexual Question
Formerly, the lawyers waited for their clients in this ancient church.England, Picturesque and Descriptive
- 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
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.
- A program that runs on a personal computer or workstation connected to a computer network and requests information from a file server.