client

[ klahy-uhnt ]
/ ˈklaɪ ənt /
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noun

adjective

being a regular customer: a client company.
economically, and often militarily, dependent upon a more prosperous, more powerful nation.

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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)

OTHER WORDS FROM client

cli·en·tal [klahy-en-tl, klahy-uhn-tl], /klaɪˈɛn tl, ˈklaɪ ən tl/, adjectivenon·cli·ent, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for client

client
/ (ˈklaɪənt) /

noun

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

Derived forms of client

cliental (klaɪˈɛntəl), adjective

Word Origin for client

C14: from Latin cliēns retainer, dependant; related to Latin clīnāre to lean
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Scientific definitions for client

client
[ klīənt ]

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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