customer

noun
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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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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There were questions about the safety of Tesla’s cars, the safety of the workers making the cars, and the customer service buyers received. Sean O'kane, The Verge, "The Verge 2018 tech report card: Tesla," 29 Dec. 2018 The airline sent maintenance technicians, customer service agents and a new crew to work on the flight back to Seattle, Huddleston said. Asia Fields, The Seattle Times, "Plane from Beijing reaches Seattle after 12-hour unscheduled stop on remote Alaskan island," 26 Dec. 2018 Streamline experience, which usually takes the form of easy returns, communicative customer service, and a navigable and shoppable website. Diana Budds, Curbed, "The rise of the direct-to-consumer home," 21 Dec. 2018 In addition to their comfort and prices, Brooklinen fans adore the customer service. Danielle Tullo, House Beautiful, "7 Things You Should Know Before Buying Brooklinen Bedding," 11 Dec. 2018 Scott Olson/Getty Images Sheila Brewer had been working at Kmart in Rockford, Illinois, for 17 years as a data and customer service lead when her district manager announced in April that the store would shutter in September. Chavie Lieber, Vox, "After Sears declared bankruptcy, employees are fighting for severance pay," 3 Dec. 2018 When in doubt, call the manufacturer and speak with a customer service person. Roy Berendsohn, Popular Mechanics, "The Best Coveralls and How to Buy Them," 19 Nov. 2018 Among these moats: Convenience, data, speed, breadth and flat-out excellent customer service. Kara Swisher, Recode, "Amazon is dominant online, but local retail still has advantages Jeff Bezos can’t replicate," 12 Nov. 2018 What happened to good old fashioned customer service? Suzannah Weiss, Teen Vogue, "Melbourne Cafe Gets Bad Reviews Because of VCE Exam Question," 2 Nov. 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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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

: a person who has a particular quality

customer

noun
cus·​tom·​er | \ ˈkə-stə-mər \

Kids Definition of customer

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

customer

noun
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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