cus·tom·er | \ ˈkə-stə-mər \

Definition of customer 

1 : one that purchases a commodity or service The customer used a credit card for the purchase.

2 : an individual usually having some specified distinctive trait a real tough customer … let me give you the advice of an old and world-weary customer. —Flannery O'Connor

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Examples of customer in a Sentence

She is one of our best customers. She's a pretty cool customer.

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Repairs were expected to be completed by 11 p.m. About 9 p.m., an outage hit 2,294 customers in Clairemont, Linda Vista and Mission Valley. Pauline Repard,, "Power outages to 3,700 near Clairemont; National City," 14 July 2018 Whirlyball also encourages customers to reserve courts, leading to staggered arrival times. Erin Hegarty, Naperville Sun, "Whirlyball business with laser tag, bowling proposed for burgeoning 'entertainment district' off Route 59 and I-88," 13 July 2018 Some, like the Asian Spice Bistro, are already serving customers. Mallorie Sullivan,, "3 headlines: Cincinnati makes Kesha cry, Big Red Machine and lots of new food," 13 July 2018 The Olympics were previously reserved for Kolache Factory employees, but this year, customers were encouraged to participate. Julian Gill, Houston Chronicle, "Katy father of two wins coveted prize for kolache creation," 13 July 2018 City of San Diego residential water customers are eligible for an additional $1.25 per square foot for qualifying projects. Pomerado News, "Water agencies increase incentives to replace turf," 13 July 2018 While bank customers have been worried by trade and tariff disputes, JPMorgan executives said this hasn’t so far affected spending and investment decisions by businesses. Emily Glazer, WSJ, "JPMorgan, Citigroup Report Higher Profit, Boosted by Stronger Economy," 13 July 2018 Before paying customers step on board, though, Blue Origin is expected to send employees up to demonstrate the safety of the spacecraft and to do additional tests. Chris Morris, Fortune, "Jeff Bezos May Charge $200,000 or More to Fly You to Outer Space," 13 July 2018 Breweries also will be allowed to sell one case per customer at fairs and festivals, according to the new law. Emma Austin, The Courier-Journal, "Sex ed, terrorism and revenge porn: New Kentucky laws start Saturday," 13 July 2018

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First Known Use of customer

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for customer

Middle English custumer, from custume — see custom entry 1

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English Language Learners Definition of customer

: someone who buys goods or services from a business

: a person who has a particular quality


cus·tom·er | \ ˈkə-stə-mər \

Kids Definition of customer

: a person who buys from or uses the services of a company especially regularly



Legal Definition of customer 

1 : a person or business that purchases a commodity or service

2a : a person or entity having an account with a bank or on whose behalf the bank has agreed to collect items

b : a person or entity for whom an issuer issues a letter of credit

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