Define: Customer

UK Accounting Glossary

Definition: Customer


Quick Summary of Customer


In sales, commerce and economics, a customer 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.



What is the dictionary definition of Customer?

Dictionary Definition


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

Also:

  • General: A party that receives or consumes products (goods or services) and has the ability to choose between different products and suppliers.
  • Quality control: An entity within a firm whom establishes the requirement of a process (accounting, for example) and receives the output of that process (a financial statement, for example) from one or more internal or external suppliers.

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Synonyms For Customer


client, consumer, buyer, purchaser, patron


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Modern Language Association (MLA):
Customer. PayrollHeaven.com. Payroll & Accounting Heaven Ltd. April 04, 2020 https://payrollheaven.com/define/customer/.
Chicago Manual of Style (CMS):
Customer. PayrollHeaven.com. Payroll & Accounting Heaven Ltd. https://payrollheaven.com/define/customer/ (accessed: April 04, 2020).
American Psychological Association (APA):
Customer. PayrollHeaven.com. Retrieved April 04, 2020, from PayrollHeaven.com website: https://payrollheaven.com/define/customer/

Definition Sources


Definitions for Customer are sourced/syndicated and enhanced from:

  • A Dictionary of Economics (Oxford Quick Reference)
  • Oxford Dictionary Of Accounting
  • Oxford Dictionary Of Business & Management

This glossary post was last updated: 17th January 2020.