[ yoo-zhoo-uhl, yoozh-wuhl ]
/ ˈyu ʒu əl, ˈyuʒ wəl /
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habitual or customary: her usual skill.
commonly met with or observed in experience; ordinary: the usual January weather.
commonplace; everyday: He says the usual things.


something that is usual: He could expect only the usual.



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Idioms for usual

    as usual, in the customary or usual manner: As usual, he forgot my birthday.

Origin of usual

First recorded in 1350–1400; Middle English, from Late Latin ūsuālis, equivalent to Latin ūsu-, stem of ūsus “use” (see use (noun)) + -ālis-al1; compare Old French usuel
1. Usual, customary, habitual refer to a settled and constant practice. Usual indicates something that is to be expected by reason of previous experience, which shows it to occur more often than not: There were the usual crowds at the celebration. Something that is customary is in accordance with prevailing usage or individual practice: It is customary to finish up with a bonfire. That which is habitual has become settled or constant as the result of habit on the part of the individual: The merchants wore habitual smiles throughout the season.
u·su·al·ly, adverbu·su·al·ness, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for usual

/ (ˈjuːʒʊəl) /


of the most normal, frequent, or regular type; customarythat's the usual sort of application to send


ordinary or commonplace events (esp in the phrase out of the usual)
the usual informal the habitual or usual drink, meal, etc
usualness, noun
C14: from Late Latin ūsuālis ordinary, from Latin ūsus use
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Idioms and Phrases with usual


see as usual; business as usual.

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