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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: coëgit 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.

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