casual

adjective
ca·​su·​al | \ ˈkazh-wəl, ˈka-zhə-wəl, ˈka-zhəl\

Definition of casual

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : subject to, resulting from, or occurring by chance a casual meeting
2a : occurring without regularity : occasional casual employment
b : employed for irregular periods a casual worker
c : met with on occasion and known only superficially a casual friend
3a(1) : feeling or showing little concern : nonchalant a casual approach to cooking
(2) : lacking a high degree of interest or devotion casual sports fans casual readers
(3) : done without serious intent or commitment casual sex
b(1) : informal, natural a casual conversation
(2) : designed for informal use casual clothing
(3) : allowing for the wearing of informal clothes … I had my wedding skirt (yep, skirt—it was a casual wedding) …— Rory Evans casual Fridays [=Fridays when employees (as in an office) are allowed to wear casual clothing]

casual

noun

Definition of casual (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : a casual (see casual entry 1 sense 2b) or migratory worker
2 : an officer or enlisted person awaiting assignment or transportation to a unit

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Other Words from casual

Adjective

casually adverb
casualness noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for casual

Synonyms: Adjective

everyday, informal, workaday

Antonyms: Adjective

dressy, formal, noncasual

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Adjective

accidental, fortuitous, casual, contingent mean not amenable to planning or prediction. accidental stresses chance. any resemblance to actual persons is entirely accidental fortuitous so strongly suggests chance that it often connotes entire absence of cause. a series of fortuitous events casual stresses lack of real or apparent premeditation or intent. a casual encounter with a stranger contingent suggests possibility of happening but stresses uncertainty and dependence on other future events for existence or occurrence. the contingent effects of the proposed law

random, haphazard, casual mean determined by accident rather than design. random stresses lack of definite aim, fixed goal, or regular procedure. a random selection of books haphazard applies to what is done without regard for regularity or fitness or ultimate consequence. a haphazard collection of rocks casual suggests working or acting without deliberation, intention, or purpose. a casual collector

Examples of casual in a Sentence

Adjective

a casual encounter on the sidewalk The atmosphere at the meeting was quite casual. He made a casual remark about her shoes. He's a casual sports fan.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

Dannen Redman The In-The-Know Beach Town: Zapallar, Chile This tiny spot, two hours northwest of Santiago, has a craggy beauty that evokes Big Sur and a breezy, casual-chic vibe to match. Cnt Editors, Condé Nast Traveler, "The Next Great Food Scene, Beach Town, and More: The 2019 Trends We're Calling Now," 18 Dec. 2018 The effect keeps things casual while still embracing the festive spirit. Lauren Hubbard, Town & Country, "6 Chic New Years Eve Outfit Ideas," 17 Dec. 2018 Sticky Notes, like Notepad, originally functioned as a sort of casual note-taking app that appeared like a Post-It note. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "Hints of Windows 10's 2019 future show up in early '19H1' builds," 6 Nov. 2018 The discovery suggests the casual manner in which farming spread, says Bori, co-author of the paper. Mark Barna, Discover Magazine, "When Farmers and Foragers First Met," 24 Oct. 2018 Like coworking spaces worldwide, those in Japan go for a casual rather than corporate environment. Ellen Freeman, Curbed, "I lived in a Tokyo coworking space," 28 Sep. 2018 Suiting has also become a big asset for us; men are returning to wearing suits, even if the styling is casual. Mark Holgate, Vogue, "What Sold for Men in 2018: Tailoring’s Back, Pants Are the New Sneakers, and the Logo Is Still Big (for Now)," 18 Dec. 2018 This year's Cambridge Christmas card photo is a lot more casual than last year's, where the family of four dressed in more formal, matching blue outfits at Kensington Palace. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Prince George, Princess Charlotte, and Prince Louis Steal the Show in the Royal Family Christmas Card," 14 Dec. 2018 William and Kate are so casual in jeans, which is a unusual but very fitting look for the parents of three. Katherine J. Igoe, Marie Claire, "The Royal Family Christmas Card Photos Are Spectacular," 14 Dec. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Everyone is dressed a couples notches above your standard Seattle Sunday casual here. Jenna Scatena, Condé Nast Traveler, "10 Best Brunch & Breakfast Places in Seattle," 21 May 2018 Even as fast casual continues to grow in popularity, the number of outlets still account for a tiny fraction of the overall industry — about 4 percent. Lori Weisberg, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Fast casual chains — think Panera, Chipotle — show no signs of fading," 4 July 2018 He was built like a wrestler and dressed in business casual: a sky-blue polo shirt, gray slacks and round tortoiseshell glasses. Vanessa Grigoriadis, New York Times, "The ‘Sex Cult’ That Preached Empowerment," 30 May 2018 The hatch cover was below decks on a crowded transport ship and also was inhabited by some 20 junior officers and casuals, sleeping side by side on makeshift cots. Washington Post, "AP WAS THERE: 75 years ago, reporter lands on Attu Island," 29 May 2018 Of note: Fast casual, metered street parking, cash only. Find it: 2607 N. Milwaukee Ave., 773-697-4234, www.renochicago.com. Ina Pinkney, chicagotribune.com, "Go-to breakfasts from wood-fired bagels to grilled coffee cake to deli classics," 24 Apr. 2018 The last time the union and PMA held a drawing in the Los Angeles area was in 2004 and many of those casuals are still waiting for a shot at a regular union job. Rachel Uranga, Orange County Register, "Drawing for lucrative L.A. and Long Beach port jobs is back on — for now," 8 Feb. 2017

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First Known Use of casual

Adjective

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun

circa 1852, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for casual

Adjective

Middle English, from Anglo-French & Late Latin; Anglo-French casuel, from Late Latin casualis, from Latin casus fall, chance — more at case

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casual

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of casual

: happening by chance : not planned or expected

: designed for or permitting ordinary dress, behavior, etc. : not formal

: done without much thought, effort, or concern

casual

adjective
ca·​su·​al | \ ˈkazh-wəl, ˈka-zhə-wəl, ˈka-zhəl\

Kids Definition of casual

1 : happening unexpectedly or by chance : not planned or foreseen a casual meeting
2 : occurring without regularity : occasional casual visits
3 : showing or feeling little concern : nonchalant This is awful! How can you be so casual about it?
4 : meant for informal use Wear casual clothing for the tour.

Other Words from casual

casually adverb

casual

adjective
ca·​su·​al

Legal Definition of casual

1a : not expected or foreseen
b : not done purposefully : accidental
2a : employed for irregular periods a casual worker
b : engaging in an activity on an occasional basis a casual seller

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