- Regular is defined as someone or something that is standard, average, orderly or usual person or thing or something that is done habitually.
- An example of regular is a woman five feet five inches tall; the regular, average height for a woman.
- An example of regular is dinner served every night at seven; a regular dinner time.
- An example of regular is a pint of beer; a regular order.
- The definition of a regular is a person who routinely visits the same place, or a garment size for men of average build and height.
- An example of a regular is someone who stops at the same coffee shop every day on their way to work.
- An example of a regular is a jacket size for a 5 foot 10 inch man.
- conforming in form, build, or arrangement to a rule, principle, type, standard, etc.; orderly; symmetrical: regular features
- characterized by conformity to a fixed principle or procedure
- usual; customary: his regular seat
- ☆ not a substitute; established: the regular quarterback
- ☆ Philately for general, unrestricted use: a regular issue of stamps
- consistent or habitual in action: a regular customer
- recurring at set times or functioning in a normal way: a regular pulse
- conforming to a standard or to a generally accepted rule or mode of conduct; proper
- properly qualified: a regular doctor
- cubic (sense )
- Informal thorough; absolute; complete: a regular nuisance
- ☆ Informal pleasant, friendly, reliable, etc.: a regular fellow
- Bot. having all similar parts of the same shape and size; symmetrical: said of flowers
- Eccles. of a religious institute whose members have vows, specif. solemn vows
- Gram. conforming to the usual pattern in inflection, formation, etc.; specif., weak ()
- having all angles and sides equal, as a polygon
- having identical regular polygons for all its faces arranged in the same way around all vertices: said of a polyhedron
- uniform with respect to a certain characteristic
- designating or of the permanently constituted, or standing, army of a country
- designating soldiers recognized in international law as legitimate combatants in warfare
- ☆ Politics designating, of, or loyal to the recognized party leadership, candidates, etc.
Origin of regularMiddle English reguler ; from Middle French ; from Classical Latin regularis, of a bar (in Late Latin regular) ; from regula: see rule
- Eccles. a member of a regular religious institute
- a member of a regular army
- ☆ a regular member of an athletic team, not a substitute
- a clothing size for men of average height
- Informal one who is regular, as in attendance
- ☆ Politics a person who is loyal to the recognized party leadership, candidates, etc.
- Customary, usual, or normal: the train's regular schedule.
- Orderly, even, or symmetrical: regular teeth.
- In conformity with a fixed procedure, principle, or discipline.
- Well-ordered; methodical: regular habits.
- Occurring at fixed intervals; periodic: regular payments.
- Having bowel movements or menstrual periods with normal frequency.
- Not varying; constant.
- Formally correct; proper.
- Having the required qualifications for an occupation: not a regular lawyer.
- Informal Complete; thorough: a regular scoundrel.
- Informal Good; nice: a regular guy.
- Botany Having symmetrically arranged parts of similar size and shape: regular flowers.
- Grammar Conforming to the usual pattern of inflection, derivation, or word formation.
- Ecclesiastical Belonging to a religious order and bound by its rules: the regular clergy.
- Mathematics a. Having equal sides and equal angles. Used of polygons.b. Having faces that are congruent regular polygons and congruent polyhedral angles. Used of polyhedrons.
- Belonging to or constituting the permanent army of a nation.
- Ecclesiastical A member of the clergy or of a religious order.
- A soldier belonging to a regular army.
- A dependable loyal person: one of the party regulars.
- A clothing size designed for persons of average height.
- A habitual customer.
Origin of regularMiddle English reguler, living under religious rule, from Old French, from Late Latin rēgulāris, according to rule, from Latin rēgula, rod, rule; see reg- in Indo-European roots.
(comparative more regular, superlative most regular)
- (Christianity) Bound by religious rule; belonging to a monastic or religious order (often as opposed to secular). [from 14th c.]
- Having a constant pattern; showing evenness of form or appearance. [from 15th c.]
- (geometry, of a polygon) Having all sides of the same length, and all (corresponding) angles of the same size [from 16th c.]
- (geometry, of a polyhedron) Whose faces are all congruent regular polygons, equally inclined to each other.
- Demonstrating a consistent set of rules; showing order, evenness of operation or occurrence. [from 16th c.]
- (now rare) Well-behaved, orderly; restrained (of a lifestyle etc.). [from 16th c.]
- Happening at constant (especially short) intervals. [from 17th c.]
- He made regular visits to go see his mother.
- (grammar, of a verb, plural, etc) Following a set or common pattern; according to the normal rules of a given language. [from 17th c.]
- The verb "to walk" is regular.
- (chiefly US) Having the expected characteristics or appearances; normal, ordinary, standard. [from 17th c.]
- (chiefly military) Permanently organised; being part of a set professional body of troops. [from 17th c.]
- Having bowel movements or menstrual periods at constant intervals in the expected way. [from 18th c.]
- Maintaining a high-fibre diet keeps you regular.
- (colloquial) Exemplary; excellent example of; utter, downright. [from 18th c.]
- a regular genius; a regular John Bull
- Belonging to a monastic order or community.
- regular clergy, in distinction from the secular clergy
- (botany, zoology) Having all the parts of the same kind alike in size and shape.
- a regular flower; a regular sea urchin
- (crystallography) isometric
- (snowboarding) Riding with the left foot forward.
- (analysis, not comparable, of a Borel measure) Such that every set in its domain is both outer regular and inner regular.
terms which are etymologically related to "regular"
- A member of the British Army (as opposed to a member of the Territorial Army or Reserve).
- A frequent, routine visitor to an establishment.
- Bartenders usually know their regulars by name.
- A frequent customer, client or business partner.
- This gentleman was one of the architect's regulars.
- (Canada) A coffee with one cream and one sugar.