• WordNet 3.6
    • n customer someone who pays for goods or services
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Armored knights raised their visors to identify themselves when they rode past their king. This custom has become the modern military salute.
    • Customer A lewd woman.
    • Customer A peculiar person; -- in an indefinite sense; as, a queer customer; an ugly customer .
    • Customer A person with whom a business house has dealings; as, the customers of a bank.
    • Customer One who collect customs; a toll gatherer. "The customers of the small or petty custom and of the subsidy do demand of them custom for kersey cloths."
    • Customer One who regularly or repeatedly makes purchases of a trader; a purchaser; a buyer. "He has got at last the character of a good customer ; by this means he gets credit for something considerable, and then never pays for it."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: In Albuquerque, New Mexico it is illegal for cab drivers to reach out and pull potential customers into their cabs.
    • n customer A collector of customs; a toll-gatherer; a tax-gatherer.
    • n customer 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.
    • n customer A prostitute.
    • n customer One who has special customs, as of the country or city.
    • n customer 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.
    • customer Being a customer or customers; purchasing; buying.
    • customer 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.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: In Denver, Colorado it is illegal for Barber's to give massages to nude customers unless it is for instructional purposes.
    • ns Customer one accustomed to frequent a certain place of business: a buyer:
    • ns Customer (slang) a person
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  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “People do more from custom than from reason.”
  • Karl Albrecht
    Karl Albrecht
    “If you're not serving the customer, you'd better be serving someone who is.”
  • Laura Ashley
    Laura Ashley
    “We don't want to push our ideas on to customers, we simply want to make what they want.”
  • Katherine Barchetti
    Katherine Barchetti
    “Make a customer, not a sale.”
  • Marlene Blaszczyk
    Marlene Blaszczyk
    “Look through your customer's eyes. Are you the solution provider or part of the problem?”
  • Marlene Blaszczyk
    Marlene Blaszczyk
    “If you don't care, your customer never will.”


Slippery customer - A person from whom it is difficult to get anything definite or fixed is a slippery customer.


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
A doublet of customary, a.,: cf. LL. custumarius, toll gatherer. See Custom
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. custume, costume—L. consuetud-inem, consuescĕre, to accustom.


In literature:

But in all matters custom carries the day; and everyone who is right against custom is hissed or condemned.
"Voltaire's Philosophical Dictionary" by Voltaire
But this bad custom, so common among you, of keeping many servants, is not peculiar to this nation.
"Ideal Commonwealths" by Various
It was Captain Wilbur's custom, it seems, frequently to sleep on board his ship when she lay in port.
"The Best Short Stories of 1921 and the Yearbook of the American Short Story" by Various
And as that custom then obtained, it still subsists with little alteration.
"Sketches and Studies in Italy and Greece, Complete" by John Symonds
This principle, appearing in mediaeval magic, could also be illustrated from savage custom.
"Current Superstitions" by Various
Even after the Reformation the custom did not absolutely cease.
"The Customs of Old England" by F. J. Snell
A few details may here be given about the religious customs at Christmas in Spain.
"Christmas in Ritual and Tradition, Christian and Pagan" by Clement A. Miles
I embarked from the Customs pontoon.
"An Australian in China" by George Ernest Morrison
It is the custom of divine personages to go and come in secret.
"The Life of Joan of Arc, Vol. 1 and 2 (of 2)" by Anatole France
So general is still the custom of "bidding-weddings" in Wales, that printers usually keep the form of invitation in type.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 4, Part 3" by Various

In poetry:

When supper was ready, they sat up to partake--
They and the stranger, in whom they delight.
He blessed, as his custom, the bread ere he brake;
They knew it was Jesus! And he vanished from sight.
"The Travellers" by Nancy Rebecca Campbell Glass
The travelers, while passing by,
Within its shade find welcome rest;
And one of them mechanically,
As is a custom in the west,
Upon its surface stern and gray
Carved out his name, and went his way.
"Fame." by Alfred Castner King
Whan first they began, they were fast makin' gear—
Had maist o' the custom an' maist o' the steer;
Whan dances or sprees were gat up in the toun,
It was to Lang Willie's the youngsters gaed doun.
"Sketches of Village Character In Days "O' Langsyne"" by Janet Hamilton
Or came in force the happy law
That customed things themselves erase?
Or was he too intent for awe?
Did love take all the thinking place?
I cannot tell; I only saw
An earnest, fearless, hopeless face.
"He Needed Not" by George MacDonald
For weeks I’ve worked a morning shift
On this old Waygood-Otis lift.
And goodness, don’t I love
To press the knob that shuts the gate
When customers are shouting ‘Wait!’
And soar to floors above.
"The Lift Man" by Sir John Betjeman
Then Joseph took the body of Jesus away,
And wound it in linen, which was the Jewish custom of that day,
And embalmed his body with spices sweet,
Then laid it in a new sepulchre, as Joseph thought meet.
"The Crucifixion of Christ" by William Topaz McGonagall

In news:

A comprehensive customer data model that provides a single view of customer.
The goal of customer segmentation analysis is to identify the most attractive segments of a company's customer base (existing or potential) by comparing the segments ' size, growth and profitability.
Establishing rates for the various custom harvest chores he carries out for 30-plus customers is a blend of art and science for Larry Krepline, Reedsville, WI.
Charter customers singled out To all charter customers, The borough has decided to single out your purchases of fishing charters and sightseeing tours from the $500 maximum tax cap.
Customers visiting distributors and fabricators to view slabs are protected in the fall shadow when the Secure A-Frame is used, allowing slabs to be viewed safely by customers.
Get Satisfaction enables customers to connect with companies—and receive "people-powered customer service" in return.
Without good equipment, customers will not come back and without customers, well, there goes the carwash.
US Customs and Border Protection has rolled out to several ports of entry a new process designed to significantly speed up the amount of time it takes for someone to obtain a license to become a customs broker.
With customer service playing an increasingly important role as a competitive differentiator in the healthcare industry, facilities must place greater emphasis on customer interactions.
Following World War II, the custom movement as we know it today made its start as car enthusiasts began customizing automobiles to their individual tastes.
Customer experience vendor Tealeaf Technology today updated its Customer Behavior Analysis Suite with the release of Tealeaf cxResults.
Our custom turnkey quilts , T-Shirt Quilts , Memory Quilts , Tote Bags or Custom Pillow Cases are great gift items.
"The pièce de résistance could be the octagonal marble and mercury mirror perfumery room, where customers can buy a fragrance or order their custom-made blends.".
NSTAR Gas has once again earned the top spot in customer satisfaction among natural gas customers along the eastern seaboard.
Create and price programs easily Balance and customize on-farm producer rations automatically Handles multiple species within one program Easy to customize nutrient restrictions and recommendations.

In science:

Each customer leaves the system when its service requirement is fully processed.
Central limit theorem for a many-server queue with random service rates
The routing policies are work conserving, in the sense that no server may be idle when at least one customer is in the buffer.
Central limit theorem for a many-server queue with random service rates
The service policy is noninterruptible (a term sometimes referred to as nonpreemptive ), in the sense that each customer is assigned exactly one server, that then continuously processes its service requirement to completion.
Central limit theorem for a many-server queue with random service rates
Under the second routing policy, P2, the service rates are known to the router, and a customer that arrives to find idle servers is routed to the one whose service rate is greatest.
Central limit theorem for a many-server queue with random service rates
In our main results (Theorems 2.1 and 2.2) we find second-order asymptotics for the process that represents the number of customers in the system in the form of a one-dimensional diffusion with a random drift coefficient (that depends on the policy).
Central limit theorem for a many-server queue with random service rates