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1. The party for which professional services are rendered, as by an attorney.
2. A customer or patron: clients of the hotel.
3. A person using the services of a social services agency.
4. One that depends on the protection of another.
5. A client state.
6. Computers A computer or program that can download files for manipulation, run applications, or request application-based services from a file server.

[Middle English, from Old French, from Latin cliēns, client-, dependent, follower; see klei- in Indo-European roots.]

cli′ent·age (-ən-tĭj) n.
cli·en′tal (klī-ĕn′tl, klī′ən-) adj.


1. a person, company, etc, that seeks the advice of a professional man or woman
2. (Commerce) a customer
3. (Social Welfare) a person who is registered with or receiving services or financial aid from a welfare agency
4. (Computer Science) 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]
cliental adj


(ˈklaɪ ənt)

1. a person or group that uses the professional advice or services of a lawyer, accountant, architect, etc.
2. a person who is receiving the benefits, services, etc., of a social welfare agency, a government bureau, etc.
3. a customer.
4. anyone under the patronage of another; a dependent.
6. a workstation on a network that gains access to central data files, programs, and peripheral devices through a server.
[1350–1400; Middle English < Latin client-, s. of cliēns person seeking the protection or influence of someone powerful]
cli•en•tal (klaɪˈɛn tl, ˈklaɪ ən tl) adj.
cli′ent•less, adj.


1. 'customer'

A customer is someone who buys something, especially from a shop.

She's one of our regular customers.
2. 'client'

A client is a person or company that receives a service from a professional person or organization in return for payment.

A solicitor and his client were sitting at the next table.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.client - a person who seeks the advice of a lawyerclient - a person who seeks the advice of a lawyer
law, jurisprudence - the collection of rules imposed by authority; "civilization presupposes respect for the law"; "the great problem for jurisprudence to allow freedom while enforcing order"
case - a person requiring professional services; "a typical case was the suburban housewife described by a marriage counselor"
attorney-client relation, lawyer-client relation - the responsibility of a lawyer to act in the best interests of the client
2.client - someone who pays for goods or servicesclient - someone who pays for goods or services
consumer - a person who uses goods or services
buyer, emptor, purchaser, vendee - a person who buys
guest - a customer of a hotel or restaurant etc.
frequenter, patron - a regular customer
policyholder - a person who holds an insurance policy; usually, the client in whose name an insurance policy is written
shopper - someone who visits stores in search of articles to buy
disburser, expender, spender - someone who spends money to purchase goods or services
reader, subscriber - someone who contracts to receive and pay for a service or a certain number of issues of a publication
taker - one who accepts an offer
warrantee - a customer to whom a warrant or guarantee is given
whoremaster, whoremonger, john, trick - a prostitute's customer
business relation - a relation between different business enterprises
3.client - (computer science) any computer that is hooked up to a computer network
computer network - (computer science) a network of computers
computer science, computing - the branch of engineering science that studies (with the aid of computers) computable processes and structures


noun customer, consumer, buyer, patron, shopper, habitué, patient The company requires clients to pay substantial fees in advance.


One who buys goods or services:
clientmaître d’ouvrage
klientspastāvīgs pircējs/pasūtītājs
khách hàng


A. Ncliente/a m/f
my client (in court) → mi defendido
B. CPD client state N (Pol) → estado m satélite, estado m cliente


[ˈklaɪənt] n [professional person] → client(e) m/fclient base nclientèle f régulière, fonds m de clientèle


Kunde m, → Kundin f; (of solicitor)Klient(in) m(f); (of barrister)Mandant(in) m(f)
(US, receiving welfare) → Bezieher(in) m(f)


[ˈklaɪənt] ncliente m/f


(ˈklaiənt) noun
1. a person who receives professional advice from a lawyer, accountant etc.
2. a customer. That hairdresser is very popular with his clients.
clientèle (kliːonˈtel) noun
a group or type of clients. a bank's clientele.


زَبُون klient klient Kunde πελάτης cliente asiakas client klijent cliente 依頼人 의뢰인 cliënt klient klient cliente клиент klient ลูกค้า müşteri khách hàng 客户
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