customer

noun
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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Synonyms for customer

Synonyms

account, client, guest, patron, punter [chiefly British]

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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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Take a break at Shakespeare & Company, their top floor, covered in handwritten notes from customers past, holds volumes of vintage tombs in a quiet reading room. Sara Rodrigues, House Beautiful, "The 10 Best Vacations You Can Take With Your Tax Refund," 18 Mar. 2019 Women in this demographic still need more brands that treat them like top-notch customers, not afterthoughts. Jessica Andrews, Teen Vogue, "Henning Delivers Plus-Size Workwear With a Lot of Style," 15 Mar. 2019 But being able to physically see a car before a purchase still has a psychological effect for customers, one apparently that Tesla has not found a way around yet. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "Tesla Is Keeping Its Stores Open, But Increasing Prices To Do It," 11 Mar. 2019 The designer's vision under the 205W39NYC brand was reportedly too luxe for Calvin Klein's core customers, who preferred the brand's denim, underwear, and fragrance divisions. Lauren Alexis Fisher, Harper's BAZAAR, "Calvin Klein Is Reportedly Shutting Down Its Runway Collection," 6 Mar. 2019 That’s where most of her customers go to purchase $69 bottles of CBD oil. Kate Thayer, The Seattle Times, "Move over, jewelry and leggings. Selling CBD oil is the new side hustle for moms," 29 Jan. 2019 Establishments on both sides of the Atlantic have for decades dealt with difficult politics surrounding some of their customers. Town & Country, "Wall of Shame: What Happens to Controversial Portrait Walls in the #MeToo Era?," 30 Nov. 2018 It’s hard to imagine any other designer hanging out with her customers like this, taking on the role of adviser or mentor, or even shopping buddy. Alex Kuczynski, Town & Country, "Diane and Talita von Furstenberg Turn an American Empire into a Family Dynasty," 7 Feb. 2019 The customer base for these spacecraft will extend to Europe, South America, Asia, and Africa. Joe Pappalardo, Popular Mechanics, "America Is About to Take Back Human Spaceflight, and It's a Lot More Than Just Flag-Waving," 4 Jan. 2019

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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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customer

noun

English Language Learners Definition of customer

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

customer

noun
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

customer

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cus·​to·​mer

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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