Cli"ent (?), n. [L. cliens, -emtis, for cluens, one who hears (in relation to his protector), a client, fr. L. cluere to be named or called; akin to Gr. to hear, Skr. ssry, and E. loud: cf. F. client. See Loud.]
1. Rom. Antiq.
A citizen who put himself under the protection of a man of distinction and influence, who was called his patron.
A dependent; one under the protection of another.
I do think they are your friends and clients,
And fearful to disturb you.
One who consults a legal adviser, or submits his cause to his management.
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