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[bahy-er] /ˈbaɪ ər/
a person who buys; purchaser.
a purchasing agent, as for a department or chain store.
Origin of buyer
1150-1200; Middle English beger, bier. See buy, -er1
Can be confused
buyer, byre, pyre. Unabridged
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  • Colleges looking to hire junior faculty members are enjoying something of a buyer's market these days.
  • Frankly, you want the inspector to find things wrong--these are serious negotiating points in a buyer's market.
  • The penny-lower price can then raise questions in the buyer's mind about quality.
  • It's a buyer beware situation, if your skills aren't up to par, you'll likely personally suffer from it.
  • There will always be those that aren't, but then as with everything: let the buyer beware.
  • Of course, that's what the reviews are there for: to help the buyer be wary.
  • Shopping online requires trust between buyer and seller: often, each relies on the other's reputation.
  • Yes, caveat emptor applies, ie there is an onus on the buyer to understand what they are doing with their data.
  • Every automobile manufacturer on every continent will manipulate the data in their favor and in doing so will mislead the buyer.
  • The home buyer credit only created a false bottom for the market.
British Dictionary definitions for buyer


a person who buys; purchaser; customer
a person employed to buy merchandise, materials, etc, as for a shop or factory
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Word Origin and History for buyer

c.1200, biggere "one who purchases," agent noun from buy (v.). Meaning "one whose job is to buy goods for a store" is from 1884. Buyer's market attested from 1886.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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