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

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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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But being the first teenager to score two goals in a World Cup game since Pelé has a funny way of making even casual fans start to take notice. Andrew Beaton, WSJ, "France’s Kylian Mbappé Shows Why He Is the World Cup’s Breakout Star," 10 July 2018 Unlike the Panthers' stadium, U.S. Bank Stadium was built more for the casual fan. Steve Harrison, charlotteobserver, "NFL stadiums are more luxurious than ever. Here's how the Panthers could keep up.," 5 July 2018 The wedding is casual, and even the groom plans to wear jeans. Jim Stingl, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Stingl: Ordained Milwaukee TV news anchor agrees to marry a local couple," 28 June 2018 Even a casual soccer fan could get caught up in that. Paul Daugherty, Cincinnati.com, "TML: USGA made its golf course the story, not its U.S. Open winner," 18 June 2018 Ricardo Santos has excellent news for casual soccer fans who won’t be watching every match of the upcoming World Cup. Roy Bragg, San Antonio Express-News, "Find out who the 2018 World Cup winner will be — today!," 22 May 2018 Mandalou’s sommelier background is equally apparent in the tightly focused wine list, which leans to Italian varietals, some of which likely will be unfamiliar to casual wine fans. Kate Washington, sacbee, "If Allora can learn to relax a little, it will be one of the city's best restaurants | The Sacramento Bee," 11 May 2018 Justin posted a seriously romantic photo of the two engaging in some hot tub PDA, while Hailey was a bit more casual in her Instagram selection, and chose a photo of the pair presumably jetting off somewhere. Lauren Rearick, Teen Vogue, "Justin Bieber and Hailey Baldwin Showed off Matching Diamond Watches," 14 July 2018 Things are so casual at summer league that general manager Gar Forman sat in the media seats this week while watching a game. K.c. Johnson, chicagotribune.com, "Bulls Q&A: Should Wendell Carter Jr. enter Hall of Fame this week or next? What's the starting lineup?," 12 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

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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