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

Example Sentences

She is one of our best customers. She's a pretty cool customer.
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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 6 Feb. 2023.

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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