What does customer mean?

Definitions for customer
ˈkʌs tə mərcus·tomer

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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.

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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  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. Wesley D'Amico:

    The success of a company depends on the smile on the employee's face and the sparkle in the customer's eyes.”

  2. Rob Thomas:

    A lot of how we talk and interact, certainly in customer support, is using a lot of idioms or terms that are specific to an industry.

  3. United States:

    While the economy is doing very well, our core customer continues to struggle.

  4. Michael Colglazier:

    I've had a long career working in an industry that is all about safety and delivering customer experiences a safe way, obviously aerospace is a different technology. So that's why I'll be diving deep... That is part of my learning process.

  5. Fred Kwofie:

    You can't transfer the extra cost (of power) to the customer because their income hasn't increased.

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