cliēns entis (gen plur. -entium; rarely -entum, H.), m for cluens, P. of clueo, a personal dependant, client (a freeman, protected by a patron; he received from him an allotment of land or of food, and accompanied him in war): Roscii: Cliens amicus hospes nemost vobis? T.
—A client, retainer, follower: coegit clientīs suos, Cs.
—A companion, favorite: iuvenum nobilium, H.
—Of nations, subject allies, dependants, vassals, Cs.
— Fig.: cliens Bacchi, under the protection of Bacchus, H.