[yoo-zhoo-uhl, yoozh-wuhl]
habitual or customary: her usual skill.
commonly met with or observed in experience; ordinary: the usual January weather.
commonplace; everyday: He says the usual things.
something that is usual: He could expect only the usual.
as usual, in the customary or usual manner: As usual, he forgot my birthday.

1350–1400; Middle English < Late Latin ūsuālis, equivalent to Latin ūsu-, stem of ūsus use (see use (noun)) + -ālis -al1; compare Old French usuel

usually, adverb
usualness, noun

1. accustomed. Usual, customary, habitual refer to a settled and constant practice. Usual indicates something that is to be expected by reason of previous experience, which shows it to occur more often than not: There were the usual crowds at the celebration. Something that is customary is in accordance with prevailing usage or individual practice: It is customary to finish up with a bonfire. That which is habitual has become settled or constant as the result of habit on the part of the individual: The merchants wore habitual smiles throughout the season. 2. general, prevailing, prevalent, familiar, regular. 3. expected, predictable. Unabridged
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usual (ˈjuːʒʊəl)
1.  of the most normal, frequent, or regular type; customary: that's the usual sort of application to send
2.  ordinary or commonplace events (esp in the phrase out of the usual)
3.  informal the usual the habitual or usual drink, meal, etc
[C14: from Late Latin ūsuālis ordinary, from Latin ūsususe]

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Word Origin & History

late 14c., from O.Fr. usuel (late 13c.), from L.L. usualis "ordinary," from L. usus "custom" (see use). The adv. form usually is attested from late 15c. The usual suspects is from a line delivered by Claude Rains (as a French police inspector) in "Casablanca" (1942).
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Idioms & Phrases


see as usual; business as usual.

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Example sentences
It is meant to complement the usual fare of detailed pieces that are typical for this blog.
More than half the colleges in a new survey report that more students than
  usual are asking for additional financial aid.
The usual accelerators of recession are absent-but so are the brakes.
Today he has a cold, and the circles under his eyes are darker than usual.
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