The designer must speak directly to the customer and more often than not her first language is Arabic or Chinese.
The first big Snowden disclosure was a court warrant authorizing the collection of all customer information from Verizon.
At the recent Farnborough Air Show it was Fernandez who became the first customer for the new Airbus A330neo, ordering 50 of them.
late 14c., "customs official;" later "buyer" (early 15c.), from Anglo-French custumer, from Medieval Latin custumarius, from Latin consuetudinarius (see custom (n.)). More generalized meaning "a person with whom one has dealings" emerged 1540s; that of "a person to deal with" (usually wth an adjective, tough, etc.) is by 1580s. In Shakespeare, the word also can mean "prostitute."
A person; cookie •The word has a tinge of disapproval: a tough customer/ She's a shrewd customer
[1580s+; perhaps an expansion of cuss]