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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The pair worked together to hammer out one of the company’s top priorities, strengthening the link between the IT department and business outcomes such as revenue, productivity, cost savings and customer and employee experience. Sara Castellanos, WSJ, "Atlassian CIO Makes Diversity a Priority," 8 May 2019 Now, Rocha has even more Bourgeois to share with her customers and fans. Steff Yotka, Vogue, "Simone Rocha Hosts an Intimate Evening to Celebrate Her Louise Bourgeois Collaboration," 2 May 2019 These systems are open to abuse, with automakers and regulators leading the charge to educate customers and consumers about how self-driving vehicles of any SAE level operate. Anthony Alaniz, Popular Mechanics, "When Are Self-Driving Cars Actually Coming?," 25 Apr. 2019 At the end of the day, our customers desire a life that promotes environmental responsibility and compassion for our planet. Rebekah Lowin, Country Living, "What's a Natural Swimming Pool, and Why Would You Want One?," 11 Apr. 2019 For one thing, anxious users who hammer the Update Now button in their Windows Update settings menu will receive the May 2019 Update first, as well as commercial customers and any devices nearing the end of their support phase. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "Microsoft will ship the Windows 10 May 2019 Update in late May, giving you power over updates," 4 Apr. 2019 Not only is fashion currently one of the [dirtiest industries in the world], lack supply chain transparency has led to unethical manufacturing processes and disconnection between customers and where their garments are coming from. Alyssa Hardy, Teen Vogue, "Interview: Designer Mara Hoffman on Sustainability in Fashion," 22 Mar. 2019 Bennett’s focus here is squarely on that, which makes the book surprisingly relevant in today’s world, where vast tech companies squash their competitors and seek to grow their influence amongst their customers and general public. Andrew Liptak, The Verge, "Foundryside is a cyberpunk adventure wrapped in an epic fantasy novel," 23 Dec. 2018 This bottle is a best seller on Amazon, with more than 1,200 customer reviews and a four-and-half star rating. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "Why Your Sunburn Itches — And How to Stop It," 19 Apr. 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

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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