[ yoo-zhoo-uhl, yoozh-wuhl ]
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  1. habitual or customary: her usual skill.

  2. commonly met with or observed in experience; ordinary: the usual January weather.

  1. commonplace; everyday: He says the usual things.

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

Idioms about usual

  1. 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

synonym study For usual

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.

Other words for usual

Other words from usual

  • u·su·al·ly, adverb
  • u·su·al·ness, noun

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How to use usual in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for usual


/ (ˈjuːʒʊəl) /

  1. of the most normal, frequent, or regular type; customary: that's the usual sort of application to send

  1. ordinary or commonplace events (esp in the phrase out of the usual)

  2. the usual informal the habitual or usual drink, meal, etc

Origin of usual

C14: from Late Latin ūsuālis ordinary, from Latin ūsus use

Derived forms of usual

  • usualness, noun

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Other Idioms and Phrases with usual


see as usual; business as usual.

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