Definition of clientele in English:



  • 1[treated as singular or plural] Clients collectively.

    ‘an upscale clientele’
    • ‘La Scala goes for a very specific ambience: fine dining and an upscale clientele.’
    • ‘Mr Carrabs was referring to Aboriginal customers, who make up about half of his clientele.’
    • ‘She received all her clients via the phone and had a regular clientele.’
    • ‘She offered him a premier position with an assistant, regular hours and a wealthy clientele.’
    • ‘This astrologer's rich clientele is a trade secret which he refuses to divulge.’
    • ‘He also points out the tendency of drug dealers to create populist political movements and to play the role of traditional patrons with local clienteles.’
    • ‘He argued that such decisions should be left to business owners and their clientele.’
    • ‘There is a steady clientele who come out frequently for personal flying.’
    • ‘We are all not quite in competition because we all had our own clientele.’
    • ‘Pierson is unapologetic that Winter Harvest tends to serve a more upscale clientele.’
    • ‘She also oversees a small, select barn of clientele in her training stable.’
    • ‘In Hollywood, food is not the most important factor: the hot spots enjoy a brisk trade in A-list clientele.’
    • ‘The clientele is the cream of Indonesia's political and business elite, who place a premium on privacy.’
    • ‘Topline Tutorials is the only private company running revision courses in Glasgow and says their clientele is mixed.’
    • ‘Mrs Shah, who is from Salisbury, said the main clientele would be business people and golfers but they also hope to attract families.’
    • ‘The Casa Alberto clearly has a select clientele of well-known regulars.’
    • ‘The same is true of the large clienteles who gathered at the doors of Roman nobles during customary morning salutations.’
    • ‘We thought about moving out of the city but a lot of our clientele will travel in by public transport so we need to be easily accessible.’
    • ‘The main thrust of the bylaw is to force businesses with underage clientele to place a ban on smoking.’
    • ‘Time, ostensibly an upscale eatery, seems to be pretty positive about clientele dancing off their dinners.’
    1. 1.1The customers of a shop, bar, or place of entertainment.
      ‘the dancers don't mix with the clientele’
      • ‘The clientele is mixed and, unless some dignitaries are in attendance, the atmosphere is noisy and informal.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘A facility such as this needs to build up a consistent and regular paying clientele, while tapping into a good catchment area.’
      • ‘In a survey of its regular clientele, the Deep Blues Club asked: which performer at the club was your favourite?’
      • ‘And there's a few features to cater for the clientele expected to frequent the Wizard Inns bar.’
      • ‘He jumped in feet first and booked all the top names, drawing in a regular clientele which formed queues a mile long along Leigh Road.’
      • ‘At NailBarOne, York's new express manicure outlet in Swinegate, men are becoming part of the regular clientele.’
      • ‘Clearly this bar does not care about repeat customers, or building up a regular clientele.’
      • ‘Officers go into a pub, order a few drinks and mix with the clientele while keeping their eyes open for those breaking the law.’
      • ‘He said the pub's existing customers did not create problems, but a different clientele might be attracted if it opened late.’
      • ‘Mr Doyle, whose clientele is mainly made up of the more mature customer, said the atmosphere in his pub was a bit different.’
      • ‘Each coffee house had its own regular clientele - be it literary, clerical, aristocratic, or commercial.’
      • ‘Although the audience was made up of a select clientele, there was a reasonable crowd by the time the Silva Surfer hit the stage.’
      • ‘The Falcon is a traditional pub with a regular middle-aged clientele and a maximum capacity of 100.’
      • ‘Their clientele drops as rain soaks up the pleasures of pavement shopping.’
      • ‘The clientele comprises regulars who buy flowers daily for household poojas and temple priests.’
      • ‘Susan will be performing many of her popular numbers from over the years for the regular Friday night clientele at this venue.’
      • ‘They all confessed, saying that they sold their wares at local entertainment venues and had a large number of clientele.’
      • ‘Shopping complexes should reserve basement parking for their clientele.’
      customer, buyer, purchaser, shopper, consumer, user
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Mid 16th century (in the sense clientship, patronage): via French from Latin clientela clientship from cliens, client- (see client).