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’
    • ‘Set aside an appointment that is longer than usual, so there is time to deal with a patient's concerns.’
    • ‘The closure is accompanied by the usual claptrap about improving customer service.’
    • ‘It's usual practice for companies to inform customers when they are disconnecting them.’
    • ‘As a result, when a brand promotes it should generate more sales than usual.’
    • ‘It was a superb meal and up to the restaurant's usual high standard of cuisine, service and atmosphere.’
    • ‘As usual I want to find out about a subject, but am short on the time and energy to do the searching myself.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘As usual the forecast was wrong and it rained all day but despite this, we had a very good time.’
    • ‘The usual terms and conditions apply.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The school also taught French but, as was usual at this time, not much science.’
    • ‘I went to work today and it was a slower than usual day because the patient turnout was low.’
    • ‘It was a nice break from the usual routine and it gave me time to think and I feel so much better for it.’
    • ‘A council spokesman said it was usual practice for such matters to be decided in closed meetings.’
    • ‘However, the monsoons were heavier than usual, and prevented the fleet from sailing.’
    • ‘As usual Megan began eating her food quickly whereas I just played with it and only ate a little bit.’
    • ‘I told Megan that it was just a cold, but as usual she got worried and told me to visit the doctor.’
    • ‘Car club members pay a monthly subscription and then hire by the hour for less than usual car hire rates.’
    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’
    • ‘I see a lot of our usuals have brought their friends.’
    • ‘I chat with the moms about school, feeding, the usuals.’
    • ‘I gathered my things while saying my good-byes to the usuals and walked out the door.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Other than that it's just been the usual - I got bored, and read rubbish on the internet.’
    1. 1.1informal The drink one habitually prefers.
      ‘‘My usual, please,’ she said to the barman’
      • ‘‘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!’
      • ‘They stopped at the pub, Emily ordering her usual.’


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