Definition of clientelage in English:

clientelage

noun

  • 1The state or condition of being a dependant or client; the relation of such a client to his or her patron.

  • 2A body of dependants or clients.

Origin

Mid 17th century; earliest use found in Fabian Philipps (1601–1690), author. From clientele or its etymon classical Latin clientēla + -age.

Pronunciation

clientelage

/ˈklʌɪəntɪlɪdʒ/