What does customer mean?

Definitions for customer
ˈkʌs tə mərcus·tomer

This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word customer.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. customer, clientnoun

    someone who pays for goods or services


  1. customernoun

    A patron; one who purchases or receives a product or service from a business or merchant, or intends to do so.

    Every person who passes by is a potential customer.

  2. customernoun

    A person, especially one engaging in some sort of interaction with others.

    a cool customer, a tough customer, an ugly customer

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Customernoun

    One who frequents any place of sale for the sake of purchasing.

    Etymology: from custom.

    One would think it Overdone’s house; for here be many old customers. William Shakespeare, Measure for Measure.

    A wealthy poet takes more pains to hire
    A flatt’ring audience, than poor tradesmen do
    To persuade customers to buy their goods. Wentworth Dillon.

    Don’t you hear how lord Strut has bespoke his liveries at Lewis Baboon’s shop? Don’t you see how that old fox steals away your customers, and turns you out of your business every day. Arbuthnot.

    Those papers are grown a necessary part in coffeehouse furniture, and may be read by customers of all ranks for curiosity or amusement. Jonathan Swift, Project for the Advancem. of Religion.

    I shewed you a piece of black and white stuff, just sent from the dyer, which you were pleased to approve of, and be my customer for. Jonathan Swift.

    I marry her! —— What, a customer? Pr’ythee, bear some charity to my wit; do not think it so unwholsome. William Shakespeare, Othello.


  1. Customer

    In sales, commerce, and economics, a customer (sometimes known as a client, buyer, or purchaser) is the recipient of a good, service, product or an idea - obtained from a seller, vendor, or supplier via a financial transaction or exchange for money or some other valuable consideration.


  1. customer

    A customer is an individual or entity that purchases goods or services from a business or a seller. They play a significant role in any commercial setting as their demand for products or services generates a company's revenue. They can be categorized as existing, new, or potential/ prospective, based on their purchasing stage with a particular business.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Customernoun

    one who collect customs; a toll gatherer

  2. Customernoun

    one who regularly or repeatedly makes purchases of a trader; a purchaser; a buyer

  3. Customernoun

    a person with whom a business house has dealings; as, the customers of a bank

  4. Customernoun

    a peculiar person; -- in an indefinite sense; as, a queer customer; an ugly customer

  5. Customernoun

    a lewd woman

  6. Etymology: [A doublet of customary, a.: cf. LL. custumarius toll gatherer. See Custom.]


  1. Customer

    A customer is the recipient of a good, service, product, or idea, obtained from a seller, vendor, or supplier for a monetary or other valuable consideration. Customers are generally categorized into two types: ⁕An intermediate customer or trade customer who is a dealer that purchases goods for re-sale. ⁕An ultimate customer who does not in turn re-sell the things bought but either passes them to the consumer or actually is the consumer. A customer may or may not also be a consumer, but the two notions are distinct, even though the terms are commonly confused. A customer purchases goods; a consumer uses them. An ultimate customer may be a consumer as well, but just as equally may have purchased items for someone else to consume. An intermediate customer is not a consumer at all. The situation is somewhat complicated in that ultimate customers of so-called industrial goods and services either themselves use up the goods and services that they buy, or incorporate them into other finished products, and so are technically consumers, too. However, they are rarely called that, but are rather called industrial customers or business-to-business customers. Similarly, customers who buy services rather than goods are rarely called consumers.

Editors Contribution

  1. customer

    A person who purchases commodities, goods, products or services.

    The customer can always teach us something we need to know.

    Submitted by MaryC on February 24, 2020  

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British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'customer' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #2267

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'customer' in Written Corpus Frequency: #2104

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'customer' in Nouns Frequency: #388

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of customer in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of customer in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Examples of customer in a Sentence

  1. Kota Kai:

    Once, when we were busy, we noticed a customer who didn’t start eating for four minutes.

  2. Nav Bharat Tubes:

    In the heart of Gujarat, where quality meets reliability, Nav Bharat Tubes Private Limited stands tall as a leading stainless steel manufacturer. With a commitment to excellence and customer satisfaction, Nav Bharat Tubes has become synonymous with premium quality stainless steel products. Specializing in a wide range of stainless steel pipes, tubes, sheets, circles, and coils, Nav Bharat Tubes caters to diverse industrial needs across the nation.

  3. Shannon Gilson:

    The first few weeks of June have brought unprecedented weather to our largest hubs, heavily impacting our operation and causing delays, canceled flights and disruptions to crew member schedules and our customers' plans, that, combined with the labor shortages some of our vendors are contending with and the incredibly quick ramp up of customer demand, has led us to build in additional resilience and certainty to our operation by adjusting a fraction of our scheduled flying through mid-July.

  4. J. Willard Marriott:

    Customer needs may vary, but their bias for quality never does.

  5. Owen Kirvan:

    They (customer service) made no attempt to track him down.We were left on our own to find him.

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