cus·​tom·​er | \ ˈkə-stə-mər How to pronounce customer (audio) \

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.
Recent Examples on the Web Hundreds of our seasonal employees are part of our CamperForce program, many of whom return year after year to help fulfill customer orders during our Peak season. al, "What ‘Nomadland’ gets wrong about working at Amazon," 13 Apr. 2021 Hundreds of our seasonal employees are part of our CamperForce program, many of whom return year after year to help fulfill customer orders during our Peak season. Josh Rottenberg, Los Angeles Times, "‘Nomadland’ is the Oscars frontrunner. But its depiction of Amazon has stirred controversy," 13 Apr. 2021 But as that part of its business starts to return to normal, and consumers gravitate to larger, more involved projects like bathroom remodels, Lowe's is taking steps to bolster its professional customer business. Phil Wahba, Fortune, "How Lowe’s plans to win over contractors from Home Depot," 13 Apr. 2021 The Wall Street Journal reported in February that former finance chief Jim Bellwas forced out of his role, while customer chief Frank Hamlin resigned last month. Sarah E. Needleman, WSJ, "GameStop Working to Replace CEO George Sherman," 13 Apr. 2021 This will join with Microsoft's cloud, including Azure, Teams, and Dynamics 365, to deliver next-generation customer engagement and security solutions. CBS News, "Microsoft to buy speech tech company Nuance for nearly $20 billion," 12 Apr. 2021 One customer looking for a novel about London for a German friend was quickly ushered over to the corner where the books by British author Zadie Smith were. New York Times, "Some Pubs and Shops Reopen in England, Raising Hopes for Economic Recovery," 12 Apr. 2021 Margins also have scope to improve meaningfully, considering the company’s high gross margins and low customer acquisition costs. Trefis Team, Forbes, "Should You Buy Peloton Stock After Its 10% Rally Last Week?," 12 Apr. 2021 One such effort: The IRS is seeking customer lists from cryptocurrency companies through legal summonses. Jeanne Sahadi, CNN, "Yes, the IRS can tax bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies. What you need to know," 12 Apr. 2021

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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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The first known use of customer was in the 15th century

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16 Apr 2021

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“Customer.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Apr. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of customer

: someone who buys goods or services from a business
informal : a person who has a particular quality


cus·​tom·​er | \ ˈkə-stə-mər How to pronounce customer (audio) \

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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