from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Commonly encountered, experienced, or observed: the usual summer heat.
- adj. Regularly or customarily used: ended the speech with the usual expressions of thanks.
- adj. In conformity with regular practice or procedure: Come at the usual time.
- idiom as usual As commonly or habitually happens: As usual, I slept late that Saturday morning.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. most commonly occurring
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Such as is in common use; such as occurs in ordinary practice, or in the ordinary course of events; customary; ordinary; habitual; common.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- In common use; such as occurs in ordinary practice or in the general course of events; customary; habitual; common; frequent; ordinary.
- n. That which is usual.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. occurring or encountered or experienced or observed frequently or in accordance with regular practice or procedure
- adj. commonly encountered
Middle English, from Old French usuel, from Late Latin ūsuālis, from Latin ūsus, use, from past participle of ūtī, to use.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From French usuel, from Latin usualis ("for use, fit for use, also of common use, customary, common, ordinary, usual"), from usus ("use, habit, custom"), from past participle stem of uti ("to use"). (Wiktionary)