Meaning of “client” in the English Dictionary

"client" in British English

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clientnoun [ C ]

uk /ˈklaɪ.ənt/ us /ˈklaɪ.ənt/

client noun [ C ] (CUSTOMER)

B2 a customer or someone who receives services:

Mr Black has been a client of this firm for many years.
We always aim to give our clients personal attention.

More examples

  • She used cognitive therapy on her client to try to inhibit those negative thoughts which were damaging his self-esteem.
  • Counsel for the defence argued convincingly that his client was not guilty.
  • It's important to create a good impression when you meet a new client.
  • The defending lawyer asked that the charge against his client be dismissed.
  • She was acting in good faith for her client.

(Definition of “client” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"client" in American English

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clientnoun [ C ]

us /ˈklɑɪ·ənt/

a person who receives services, esp. from a lawyer or other person who gives advice:

He’s a sports agent and has a lot of basketball players as clients.

(Definition of “client” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"client" in Business English

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clientnoun [ C ]

uk /klaɪənt/ us

COMMERCE someone who receives professional services from an organization:

We offer a broad range of services to our clients.
a client of sb/sth Mr Black has been a client of this law firm for many years.
a corporate/private/individual client Our specially trained staff can offer corporate clients on-site assessments and training workshops.
a valued/important/major client
a new/prospective/potential client
client care/service/satisfaction We attribute our growth to our unwavering commitment to client service.

COMMERCE a customer who buys goods or services from a store, restaurant, etc.:

The restaurant's lunchtime clients are mostly businesspeople.

IT a computer or piece of software or equipment that is connected to a server (= a large central computer) from which it gets information:

email/Windows/web client Please type this address into your email client.

(Definition of “client” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)