[ klahy-uh nt ]
/ ˈklaɪ ənt /



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

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)


cli·en·tal [klahy-en-tl, klahy-uh n-tl] /klaɪˈɛn tl, ˈklaɪ ən tl/, adjectivenon·cli·ent, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for non-client

/ (ˈklaɪənt) /


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
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Scientific definitions for non-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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