- Correct or proper use of language, proclaimed by some authority.
- Geographic, social, or temporal restrictions on the use of words.
When the power company measures how and when people use power, this is an example of a study of usage.
When you use a word incorrectly, this is an example of an improper usage.
Origin of usage
- Middle English from Old French from us from Latin ūsus from past participle of ūtī to use
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- From Anglo-Norman and Old French usage.