Definition of clientele in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˌklīənˈtel/
Pronunciation: /ˌklēənˈtel/


[treated as singular or plural]
1Clients collectively: an upscale clientele
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  • Pierson is unapologetic that Winter Harvest tends to serve a more upscale clientele.
  • La Scala goes for a very specific ambience: fine dining and an upscale clientele.
  • Mrs Shah, who is from Salisbury, said the main clientele would be business people and golfers but they also hope to attract families.
1.1The customers of a shop, bar, or place of entertainment: the dancers don’t mix with the clientele
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  • As these shops have a regular clientele they are not affected by the parking problem.
  • Hunting seasons come and go and competitive shooters are only a small part of most gun shops' clientele.
  • Although the audience was made up of a select clientele, there was a reasonable crowd by the time the Silva Surfer hit the stage.


Mid 16th century (in the sense 'clientship, patronage'): via French from Latin clientela 'clientship', from cliens, client- (see client).

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Syllabification: cli·en·tele

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