from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun One that buys goods or services, as from a store or business.
  • noun Informal An individual with whom one must deal.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A collector of customs; a toll-gatherer; a tax-gatherer.
  • noun One who purchases goods or a supply for any current need from another; a purchaser; a buyer; a patron, as of a house of entertainment.
  • noun A prostitute.
  • noun One who has special customs, as of the country or city.
  • noun Any one with whom a person has to deal; especially, one with whom dealing is difficult or disagreeable; hence, a fellow: as, a queer customer; a rough customer.
  • Being a customer or customers; purchasing; buying.
  • Made to the order of or for a customer; specially ordered by a customer and made for him: opposed to ready-made, or made for the market generally: as, customer work.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun obsolete One who collect customs; a toll gatherer.
  • noun One who regularly or repeatedly makes purchases of a trader; a purchaser; a buyer.
  • noun A person with whom a business house has dealings.
  • noun colloq. A peculiar person; -- in an indefinite sense.
  • noun obsolete A lewd woman.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun A patron; one who purchases or receives a product or service from a business or merchant, or intends to do so.
  • noun informal A person, especially one engaging in some sort of interaction with others.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun someone who pays for goods or services


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