From Old 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”).
- 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.
most commonly occurring
- usual in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913
- usual in The Century Dictionary, The Century Co., New York, 1911
- usual (most commonly occurring)