An order is placed by one and taken by another. It seems appreciate to call a person who takes an order a "order taker", but I don't know how to refer to the one who place an order.

Possible choices:

  • order placer
  • order submitter
  • order putter

Either a word or a phrase is OK.


First, the word orderer is ok, if you really need that. But it's not very common.

Now in what situation? In a restaurant, you'd really just say "customer" or "patron". For some kind of supplies company, over the phone, I'd say "customer".

The most natural thing, if you must use the word "order", is "person who placed the order". That's what I would say.


'order-giver' is a valid and not too uncommon construct, and is quite general. (33million google results, compared with 539k results for orderer)

It does have a connotation of someone who has the authority to give orders, whereas, e.g. a customer in a restaurant is generally making more of a request, and has no formal authority over the person receiving the order.

Generally, a phrase such as the 'person who places the order' is more usual.

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