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As the result I looked them up, the word "patron" means a regular customer. Sometimes, they are overlapped. For example, I can say

"The more 'customers' or 'patrons' in the restaurant will cause the slower serving the foods."

In this case, they are interchangeable. Is it correct?

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The terms are not always interchangeable. Fast food restaurants may have customers, but upscale restaurants have patrons.

I worked at a university library once. On one of my first days I told a more experienced worker, there's a customer here with a question. They raised their eyebrows and told me, "you mean a patron. Libraries don't have customers."

And I think that applies to other places. The store Target does not refer to the people shopping there as customers but as 'guests'.

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Yes, according to patron's definition in cambridge, both 'patron' and 'customer' are synonyms of each other and can be used interchangeably in this example:

The more 'customers' or 'patrons' in the restaurant will cause the slower serving the foods.

Mostly, for restaurants and shops, a 'patron' is considered as a 'regular customer' Check TFD entry.

Hope this will help.

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I have worked in both restaurants and in cinemas and what I had explained to me was with Patrons as compared to Customers - Patrons don't take away anything from the business (except for a full stomach or imagination!) but customers physically take goods away from the business. I would be interested if this was correct or not.

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