cus·​tom·​er ˈkə-stə-mər How to pronounce customer (audio)
: one that purchases a commodity or service
The customer used a credit card for the purchase.
: 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

Examples of customer in a Sentence

She is one of our best customers. She's a pretty cool customer.
Recent Examples on the Web With the nation’s consumers continuing to spend, many employers have kept hiring to meet steady customer demand. Paul Wiseman, Fortune, 5 Apr. 2024 The thought of ditching airlines, with their awful customer service and addictive loyalty programs, may be the greatest promise of the AAV revolution. Christopher Elliott, USA TODAY, 5 Apr. 2024 Not only are these models of a certain age more representative of the final luxury customer, but there’s so much more to these castings than that. Laird Borrelli-Persson, Vogue, 5 Apr. 2024 Soon after, someone had the bright idea that customers might be interested in a road car inspired by the victorious racers. Bryan Hood, Robb Report, 4 Apr. 2024 Nationally, over 500,000 customers are without power — including over 235,000 in Maine, 53,000 in West Virginia and over 51,000 in New York as of 8:30 a.m., according to Marlene Lenthang, NBC News, 4 Apr. 2024 However, basing utility charges on customer incomes would be a new step that touched off a spirited ideological debate that spread beyond the state’s borders. Dan Walters, The Mercury News, 4 Apr. 2024 The sizes run a little large, so customers suggest sizing down to find your best fit. Wendy Vazquez, Southern Living, 4 Apr. 2024 Dalmia records also list Mondelez, the owner of Cadbury, as a customer. Qadri Inzamam Saumya Khandelwal, New York Times, 24 Mar. 2024

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Word History


Middle English custumer, from custume — see custom entry 1

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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

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Cite this Entry

“Customer.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition


cus·​tom·​er ˈkəs-tə-mər How to pronounce customer (audio)
: one that buys a product or service
: individual entry 2 sense 2, fellow
he's a real tough customer

Legal Definition


: a person or business that purchases a commodity or service
: a person or entity having an account with a bank or on whose behalf the bank has agreed to collect items
: a person or entity for whom an issuer issues a letter of credit

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