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 workstation on a network that gains access to central data files, programs, and peripheral devices through a server.
(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.

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)

cliental [klahy-en-tl, klahy-uhn-tl] , adjective
nonclient, adjective Unabridged
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client (ˈklaɪənt)
1.  a person, company, etc, that seeks the advice of a professional man or woman
2.  a customer
3.  a person who is registered with or receiving services or financial aid from a welfare agency
4.  computing a program or work station that requests data or information from a server
5.  a person depending on another's patronage
[C14: from Latin cliēns retainer, dependant; related to Latin clīnāre to lean]

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Word Origin & History

1393, from Anglo-Fr. clyent, from L. cliens (acc. clientem) "follower, retainer," perhaps a var. of prp. of cluere "listen, follow, obey" (see listen); or from clinare "to incline, bend," from suffixed form of PIE base *klei- "to lean" (see
lean (v.)). The ground sense is of one who leans on another for protection. In ancient Rome, a plebian under protection of a patrician (in this relationship called patronus, see patron), originally in Eng. "a lawyer's customer," by c.1600 extended to any customer.
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client   (klī'ənt)  Pronunciation Key 
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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