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clientele

[klahy-uh n-tel, klee-ahn-] /ˌklaɪ ənˈtɛl, ˌkli ɑn-/
noun
1.
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.
2.
dependents or followers.
Origin
1555-1565
1555-65; < Latin clientēla, equivalent to client- (see client) + -ēla collective noun suffix; (def 1) probably < French clientèle < Latin
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Examples for clientele
  • Some are tiptoeing uptown, opening with menus indicating that the restaurants believe their clientele will.
  • Our research is commissioned by a global clientele that includes government agencies, foundations, and private-sector firms.
  • And as the day wore on, it became apparent that much of the resort's clientele subsisted on such a diet.
  • Retailers and businesses looking to target certain demographic markets would add music to their product to fit their clientele.
  • Yet a few basic types will satisfy a diverse clientele.
  • Urban and suburban areas offer denser populations and more affluent clientele.
  • He says he was the first of his ilk in the county, a pioneer with a limited clientele.
  • We have candidates present a lecture oriented to our mostly undergraduate clientele.
  • The world's oldest profession is not going to go away, nor is the desire for anonymity among its clientele.
  • The dean is looking at the bottom line and hoping that you won't be driving away the clientele.
British Dictionary definitions for clientele

clientele

/ˌkliːɒnˈtɛl/
noun
1.
customers or clients collectively
Word Origin
C16: from Latin clientēla, from cliēnsclient
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Word Origin and History for clientele
n.

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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