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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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British Dictionary definitions for clienteles

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 clienteles

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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