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 Enabling strategic business goals, continuous differentiation, and industry leadership in product innovation, customer experience, sustainability, and digital assets. Randy Bean, Forbes, 19 May 2022 Rounding out the SadieB team are Maggie Broadbent, marketing director; Kennedy Allgood, director of customer experience; and Lydia Wells, who works on accounting and finances. Becky Jacobs, The Salt Lake Tribune, 19 May 2022 The grocery store employee was hiding on the floor behind the customer service counter as a gunman opened fire at Tops Friendly Markets on the city's Near East Side. Christine Fernando, USA TODAY, 19 May 2022 Be aware that scammers may try to use calls, texts, and emails to impersonate Amazon customer service. Susan Tompor, Detroit Free Press, 19 May 2022 Air India is at the cusp of an exciting journey to become one of the best airlines in the world, offering world-class products and services with a distinct customer experience that reflects Indian warmth and hospitality. Niharika Sharma, Quartz, 12 May 2022 Because for her, a great customer experience is imperative. Washington Post, 9 May 2022 Overall, Starbucks is planning to spend about $1 billion this fiscal year on employees and improving customer experience in stores. Danielle Wiener-bronner, CNN, 3 May 2022 Back in the States, Kunkel noticed that many popular Japanese concepts were traditional in their interiors, presentation and customer experience. Melinda Sheckells, The Hollywood Reporter, 26 Apr. 2022 See More

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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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22 May 2022

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“Customer.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 May. 2022.

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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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