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Origin of buyer

First recorded in 1150–1200, buyer is from the Middle English word beger, bier. See buy, -er1
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  1. a person who buys; purchaser; customer
  2. a person employed to buy merchandise, materials, etc, as for a shop or factory
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Word Origin and History for buyer

c.1200, biggere "one who purchases," agent noun from buy (v.). Meaning "one whose job is to buy goods for a store" is from 1884. Buyer's market attested from 1886.

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