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Alternative forms[edit]


Alteration of cluēns, present active participle of clueō (I am called, named, esteemed).



cliēns m, f (genitive clientis); third declension

  1. customer
  2. client, retainer, follower
  3. companion, favorite
  4. (of a nation) ally, vassal
  5. one under the protection of a particular deity
    cliēns Bacchī — "client of Bacchus"


Third declension i-stem.

Case Singular Plural
nominative cliēns clientēs
genitive clientis clientium
dative clientī clientibus
accusative clientem clientēs
ablative cliente clientibus
vocative cliēns clientēs

Derived terms[edit]



  • cliens in Charlton T. Lewis and Charles Short (1879) A Latin Dictionary, Oxford: Clarendon Press
  • cliens in Charlton T. Lewis (1891) An Elementary Latin Dictionary, New York: Harper & Brothers
  • du Cange, Charles (1883), “cliens”, in G. A. Louis Henschel, Pierre Carpentier, Léopold Favre, editors, Glossarium Mediæ et Infimæ Latinitatis (in Latin), Niort: L. Favre
  • cliens” in Félix Gaffiot’s Dictionnaire Illustré Latin-Français, Hachette (1934)
  • cliens in William Smith et al., editor (1890) A Dictionary of Greek and Roman Antiquities, London: William Wayte. G. E. Marindin