- a person who purchases goods or services from another; buyer; patron.
- Informal. a person one has to deal with: a tough customer; a cool customer.
Origin of customer
Examples from the Web for customer
The police suspect that the other unaccounted for 643,000 bitcoins, were removed from customer accounts via an unknown party.Japanese Bitcoin Heist ‘an Inside Job,’ Not Hackers Alone
Nathalie-Kyoko Stucky, Jake Adelstein
January 1, 2015
For instance, Best Buy has over 40 million members in its customer loyalty program, Reward Zone.Best Buy Punches Back at Amazon
December 27, 2014
One customer retooled a Nintendo Wii with its innards switched out for glued pennies.The Insane $11 Billion Scam at Retailers’ Return Desks
December 19, 2014
Synchronoss only got paid when a customer activated on AT&T, so each of those jailbreakers was costing Synchronoss money.NSA Chief Bet Money on AT&T as It Spied on You
November 4, 2014
Williamson stands by his record of rarely disappointing a customer when they are at a loss as to what suits them.The Harlem Hat Shop You Have to Visit
October 24, 2014
It was a customer, because if he had not been Mr Verloc would have taken him inside.
Through the door left ajar she could see that the customer was not gone yet.
Bar could be light in hand, or heavy in hand, according to the customer he had to deal with.Little Dorrit
I ordered twenty-five modern dresses at Laferrire's, of whom I was then a customer.My Double Life
The owner of the shop appeared, and looked sharply at his customer.Henry Dunbar
M. E. Braddon
- a person who buys
- informal a person with whom one has dealingsa cool customer
Word Origin and History for customer
late 14c., "customs official;" later "buyer" (early 15c.), from Anglo-French custumer, from Medieval Latin custumarius, from Latin consuetudinarius (see custom (n.)). More generalized meaning "a person with whom one has dealings" emerged 1540s; that of "a person to deal with" (usually wth an adjective, tough, etc.) is by 1580s. In Shakespeare, the word also can mean "prostitute."
Idioms and Phrases with customer
see ugly customer.