Definition of usual in US English:

usual

adjective

  • Habitually or typically occurring or done; customary.

    ‘he carried out his usual evening routine’
    ‘their room was a shambles as usual’
    • ‘I follow my usual routine - a healthy breakfast followed by a long soak in the bath.’
    • ‘It's usual practice for companies to inform customers when they are disconnecting them.’
    • ‘As usual Megan began eating her food quickly whereas I just played with it and only ate a little bit.’
    • ‘However, the monsoons were heavier than usual, and prevented the fleet from sailing.’
    • ‘As usual I want to find out about a subject, but am short on the time and energy to do the searching myself.’
    • ‘The closure is accompanied by the usual claptrap about improving customer service.’
    • ‘A council spokesman said it was usual practice for such matters to be decided in closed meetings.’
    • ‘As usual the forecast was wrong and it rained all day but despite this, we had a very good time.’
    • ‘It was a superb meal and up to the restaurant's usual high standard of cuisine, service and atmosphere.’
    • ‘Car club members pay a monthly subscription and then hire by the hour for less than usual car hire rates.’
    • ‘The school also taught French but, as was usual at this time, not much science.’
    • ‘The usual terms and conditions apply.’
    • ‘Set aside an appointment that is longer than usual, so there is time to deal with a patient's concerns.’
    • ‘We had a bit of a chat and as usual Eric had me laughing like a drain with his dry observations on life.’
    • ‘I went to work today and it was a slower than usual day because the patient turnout was low.’
    • ‘I told Megan that it was just a cold, but as usual she got worried and told me to visit the doctor.’
    • ‘It was a nice break from the usual routine and it gave me time to think and I feel so much better for it.’
    • ‘This has resulted in more visitors than usual deciding to head North for their holiday.’
    • ‘As a result, when a brand promotes it should generate more sales than usual.’
    • ‘Over the next two weeks I went back to my usual routine of going to work and marking homework when I got home.’
    habitual, customary, accustomed, wonted, normal, routine, regular, constant, standard, typical, established, recognized, set, fixed, settled, stock, conventional, traditional, orthodox, accepted, expected, predictable, familiar, average, general, ordinary, everyday, daily, quotidian
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noun

the/one's usual
informal
  • 1The drink someone habitually orders or prefers.

    • ‘They stopped at the pub, Emily ordering her usual.’
    • ‘‘We haven't been here in ages, they've almost forgotten our usuals,’ Elizabeth said sadly.’
    • ‘Looking for a quick bite another time I am in the area, maybe I too will be asked if I would like my usual!’
    1. 1.1 The thing that is typically done or present.
      ‘it's a nice change from the usual’
      • ‘This Cork-based solicitor's site has more information about its areas of practice (the usuals plus intellectual property and shipping) than most websites created by firms of that size.’
      • ‘It didn't seem normal this year since we were missing three of the usuals.’
      • ‘I chat with the moms about school, feeding, the usuals.’
      • ‘I see a lot of our usuals have brought their friends.’
      • ‘I gathered my things while saying my good-byes to the usuals and walked out the door.’
      • ‘Other than that it's just been the usual - I got bored, and read rubbish on the internet.’
      • ‘It was my first proper night there since Hugo's birth and the usuals were present - Isabella, Jeremy, Jack and Duncan with two new faces as well.’

Origin

Late Middle English: from Old French, or from late Latin usualis, from Latin usus ‘a use’ (see use).

Pronunciation

usual

/ˈjuʒ(u)əl//ˈyo͞oZH(o͞o)əl/