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[klahy-uh n-tel, klee-ahn-] /ˌklaɪ ənˈtɛl, ˌkli ɑn-/
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.
dependents or followers.
Origin of clientele
1555-65; < Latin clientēla, equivalent to client- (see client) + -ēla collective noun suffix; (def 1) probably < French clientèle < Latin Unabridged
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  • 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


customers or clients collectively
Word Origin
C16: from Latin clientēla, from cliēnsclient
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Word Origin and History for clientele

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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