[ yoo-zhoo-uhl, yoozh-wuhl ]
/ ˈyu ʒu əl, ˈyuʒ wəl /


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.

Idioms for usual

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

Origin of usual

1350–1400; Middle English < Late Latin ūsuālis, equivalent to Latin ūsu-, stem of ūsus use (see use (noun)) + -ālis -al1; compare Old French usuel


1 accustomed. 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.
2 general, prevailing, prevalent, familiar, regular.
3 expected, predictable.


u·su·al·ly, adverbu·su·al·ness, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

Examples from the Web for usually

British Dictionary definitions for usually (1 of 2)

/ (ˈjuːʒʊəlɪ) /


customarily; at most times; in the ordinary course of events

British Dictionary definitions for usually (2 of 2)

/ (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

Derived forms of usual

usualness, noun

Word Origin for usual

C14: from Late Latin ūsuālis ordinary, from Latin ūsus use
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Idioms and Phrases with usually


see as usual; business as usual.

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