[ kuhs-tuh-mer ]
See synonyms for: customercustomers on

  1. a person who purchases goods or services from another; buyer; patron.

  2. Informal. a person one has to deal with: a tough customer; a cool customer.

Origin of customer

First recorded in 1400–50; late Middle English; custom + -er1; compare Middle English customer “collector of customs,” from Anglo-French; Old French costumier, cognate with Medieval Latin custumārius; see customary

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How to use customer in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for customer


/ (ˈkʌstəmə) /

  1. a person who buys

  2. informal a person with whom one has dealings: a cool customer

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Other Idioms and Phrases with customer


see ugly customer.

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