Client definition

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(computers) A computer or program that can download files for manipulation, run applications, or request application-based services from a file server.
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The party for which professional services are rendered, as by an attorney.
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One that depends on the protection of another.
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(historical) A person dependent on another, as for protection or patronage.
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The definition of a client means a customer or a person who uses services.

An example of a client is a student being tutored at a college writing center.

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A terminal or personal computer that is connected to a server.
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Person who receives help or advice from a professional person (ex. a lawyer, an accountant, a social worker, a psychiatrist, etc).
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A nation, state, etc. dependent on another politically, economically, etc.
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A client state.
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One to whom a lawyer formally renders legal advice, pursuant to an oral or written agreement for such advice to be given; any individual to whom a lawyer provides advice about legal matters.
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In a client/server architecture, a complete, standalone computer that optimizes the user interface, relying on servers to handle the more mundane tasks associated with application and file storage, network administration, security, and other critical functions. See also architecture, client/server, and server.
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A computer program transmitting data to a parent server program. Symantec Security Response. Glossary. [Online, July 15, 2004.] Symantec Security Response Website. http://securityresponse.symantec.com/avcenter/refa.html.
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A customer, a buyer or receiver of goods or services.
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(computing) The role of a computer application or system that requests and/or consumes the services provided by another having the role of server.
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(law) A person who employs or retains an attorney to represent him or her in any legal matter, or one who merely divulges confidential matters to an attorney while pursuing professional assistance without subsequently retaining the attorney.
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A customer.
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A program that runs on a personal computer or workstation connected to a computer network and requests information from a file server.
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A customer or patron.

Clients of the hotel.

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A person or company for whom a lawyer, accountant, advertising agency, etc. is acting.
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A person served by a social agency, psychotherapist, etc.
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A person using the services of a social services agency.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
client
Plural:
clients

Origin of client

  • Middle English from Old French from Latin cliēns client- dependent, follower klei- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Anglo-Norman clyent, from Latin cliēns.

    From Wiktionary