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We know that the plural of client is clients. What about clientele—is this word singular or plural?

Clientele is singular, referring collectively to clients.

From Learner’s Dictionary:

Some dictionaries, like the New Oxford-American Dictionary, limit the meaning of clientele to “customers of a shop, bar or a place of entertainment.” Other dictionaries, however—such as Dictionary.com (based on the Random House Dictionary) and The Free Dictionary (based on American Heritage dictionary and Collins dictionary)—allow the use of the word to refer to clients of professional practice or person, say, lawyers, engineers and accountants.

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