- 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
- 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
Word Origin and History for non-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.