Definitions

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

Etymologies

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)

Examples

  • “I found Isabel as well as usual, ” he said, “only I’m afraid ‘as usual’ isn’t particularly well.

    Chapter 28

  • _We are this week compelled to go to press one day earlier than usual; we have to request the indulgence of our correspondents for the omission of our usual_ LIST OF REPLIES RECEIVED, _and for not replying until next week to several inquiries which have been addressed to us_.

    Notes and Queries, Number 77, April 19, 1851 A Medium of Inter-communication for Literary Men, Artists, Antiquaries, Genealogists, etc

  • _exactly_ usual (there may be exceptions, but it ain't exactly _usual_) to come to a gentleman's funeral, and especially not all the way from

    Christopher and Columbus

  • It's surrounded by approximately an acre of gardens, on which the owners planted drought-resistant grasses as well as flowers and trees that create a green, lush environment in contrast to the what they call the usual Las Vegas "hardscape."

    Mediterranean, Vegas-Style

  • Concierge Auctions It's surrounded by approximately an acre of gardens, on which the owners planted drought-resistant grasses as well as flowers and trees that create a green, lush environment in contrast to the what they call the usual Las Vegas "hardscape."

    Mediterranean, Vegas-Style

  • All five, in statements so similar that they mostly read word for word, said the idea for the journey was hatched in 2008 after the group watched the movie "Kite Runner" at Umar Chaudhry's house -- what they called the usual hangout of the youths, who lived in the same neighborhood off Route 1.

    5 Virginia men facing terrorism charges in Pakistan write of 'noble' motivation

  • This is opposed to what he calls his usual universal voice.

    Poll: Blacks Shift Towards Obama; Evangelicals Shift Towards...Rudy!

  • MALVEAUX: And despite the fact that Obama's campaign released a 13-minute video clip around the Keating controversy, Obama portrayed himself as above the fray today, saying that the American people aren't looking for what he calls the usual shenanigans or smear tactics that have come to characterize the campaigns.

    CNN Transcript Oct 6, 2008

  • That, dear readers, is what you call my usual day.

    outfoxed Diary Entry

  • "Kite Runner" at Umar Chaudhry's house -- what they called the usual hangout of the youths, who lived in the same neighborhood off Route 1.

    FrontPage Magazine

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