Definition of usual in English:



  • Habitually or typically occurring or done; customary.

    ‘he carried out his usual evening routine’
    ‘their room was a shambles as usual’
    • ‘The school also taught French but, as was usual at this time, not much science.’
    • ‘It's usual practice for companies to inform customers when they are disconnecting them.’
    • ‘The closure is accompanied by the usual claptrap about improving customer service.’
    • ‘The usual terms and conditions apply.’
    • ‘As usual the forecast was wrong and it rained all day but despite this, we had a very good time.’
    • ‘As usual Megan began eating her food quickly whereas I just played with it and only ate a little bit.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘As a result, when a brand promotes it should generate more sales than usual.’
    • ‘I went to work today and it was a slower than usual day because the patient turnout was low.’
    • ‘Over the next two weeks I went back to my usual routine of going to work and marking homework when I got home.’
    • ‘This has resulted in more visitors than usual deciding to head North for their holiday.’
    • ‘However, the monsoons were heavier than usual, and prevented the fleet from sailing.’
    • ‘I told Megan that it was just a cold, but as usual she got worried and told me to visit the doctor.’
    • ‘As usual I want to find out about a subject, but am short on the time and energy to do the searching myself.’
    • ‘It was a nice break from the usual routine and it gave me time to think and I feel so much better for it.’
    • ‘I follow my usual routine - a healthy breakfast followed by a long soak in the bath.’
    • ‘We had a bit of a chat and as usual Eric had me laughing like a drain with his dry observations on life.’
    • ‘A council spokesman said it was usual practice for such matters to be decided in closed meetings.’
    • ‘Set aside an appointment that is longer than usual, so there is time to deal with a patient's concerns.’
    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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  • 1The thing which is typically done or present.

    ‘the band was a bit sick of playing all the usuals’
    • ‘It didn't seem normal this year since we were missing three of the usuals.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘I chat with the moms about school, feeding, the usuals.’
    • ‘I see a lot of our usuals have brought their friends.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    1. 1.1the/one's usualinformal The drink one habitually prefers.
      ‘‘My usual, please,’ she said to the barman’
      • ‘Looking for a quick bite another time I am in the area, maybe I too will be asked if I would like my usual!’
      • ‘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.’


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