The definition of usual is something common or regularly used.
An example of usual is to brush your teeth the same way you do every day.
such as is in common or ordinary use; such as is most often seen, heard, used, etc.; common; ordinary; customary
Origin of usualMiddle English from Middle French from Late Latin usualis from Classical Latin usus: see use
in the usual way
- Commonly encountered, experienced, or observed: the usual summer heat.
- Regularly or customarily used: ended the speech with the usual expressions of thanks.
- In conformity with regular practice or procedure: Come at the usual time.
Origin of usualMiddle English from Old French usuel from Late Latin ūsuālis from Latin ūsus use from past participle of ūtī to use
usual habitual customary accustomed
These adjectives apply to what is expected or familiar because it occurs frequently or recurs regularly. Usual describes what accords with normal, common, or ordinary practice or procedure: “The parson said the usual things about the sea—its blueness . . . its beauty” (George du Maurier). Habitual implies repetition and force of habit: a habitual liar. Customary and accustomed refer to conformity with prevailing customs or conventions: “It is the customary fate of new truths to begin as heresies and to end as superstitions” (Thomas H. Huxley). She resolved the difficulty with her accustomed resourcefulness.
(comparative more usual, superlative most usual)
- most commonly occurring
- The preference of a boy to a girl is a usual occurrence in some parts of China.
- It is becoming more usual these days to rear children as bilingual.