Regular meaning

rĕgyə-lər
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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.

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Orderly, even, or symmetrical.

Regular teeth.

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In conformity with a fixed procedure, principle, or discipline.
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Customary, usual, or normal.

The train's regular schedule.

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Having the required qualifications for an occupation.

Not a regular lawyer.

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(informal) Complete; thorough.

A regular scoundrel.

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(informal) Good; nice.

A regular guy.

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(botany) Having symmetrically arranged parts of similar size and shape.

Regular flowers.

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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.

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(grammar) Conforming to the usual pattern of inflection, derivation, or word formation.
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A soldier belonging to a regular army.
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Formally correct; proper.
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(ecclesiastical) Belonging to a religious order and bound by its rules.

The regular clergy.

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Belonging to or constituting the permanent army of a nation.
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(ecclesiastical) A member of the clergy or of a religious order.
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A dependable loyal person.

One of the party regulars.

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A clothing size designed for persons of average height.
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A habitual customer.
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Conforming in form, build, or arrangement to a rule, principle, type, standard, etc.; orderly; symmetrical.

Regular features.

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Characterized by conformity to a fixed principle or procedure.
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Consistent or habitual in action.

A regular customer.

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Conforming to a standard or to a generally accepted rule or mode of conduct; proper.
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Properly qualified.

A regular doctor.

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(informal) Thorough; absolute; complete.

A regular nuisance.

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(informal) Pleasant, friendly, reliable, etc.

A regular fellow.

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(bot.) Having all similar parts of the same shape and size; symmetrical.
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(eccles.) Of or belonging to a religious order whose members are bound by vows, specif. solemn vows.

A canon regular.

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Conforming to the usual pattern in inflection, formation, etc.; specif., weak.
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(politics) Designating, of, or loyal to the recognized party leadership, candidates, etc.
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(eccles.) A member of a regular religious order.
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A member of a regular army.
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A regular member of an athletic team, not a substitute.
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A clothing size for persons, esp. for men, of average height and build.
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(informal) One who is regular, as in attendance.
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(politics) A person who is loyal to the recognized party leadership, candidates, etc.
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Having bowel movements or menstrual periods with normal frequency.
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Having all sides or faces equal. For example, a square is a regular polygon, and a cube is a regular polyhedron.
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(Christianity) Bound by religious rule; belonging to a monastic or religious order (often as opposed to secular). [from 14th c.]
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Having a constant pattern; showing evenness of form or appearance. [from 15th c.]
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(geometry, of a polygon) Having all sides of the same length, and all (corresponding) angles of the same size [from 16th c.]
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(geometry, of a polyhedron) Whose faces are all congruent regular polygons, equally inclined to each other.
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Demonstrating a consistent set of rules; showing order, evenness of operation or occurrence. [from 16th c.]
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(now rare) Well-behaved, orderly; restrained (of a lifestyle etc.). [from 16th c.]
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Happening at constant (especially short) intervals. [from 17th c.]

He made regular visits to go see his mother.

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(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.

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(chiefly US) Having the expected characteristics or appearances; normal, ordinary, standard. [from 17th c.]
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(chiefly military) Permanently organised; being part of a set professional body of troops. [from 17th c.]
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Having bowel movements or menstrual periods at constant intervals in the expected way. [from 18th c.]

Maintaining a high-fibre diet keeps you regular.

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(colloquial) Exemplary; excellent example of; utter, downright. [from 18th c.]

A regular genius; a regular John Bull.

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Belonging to a monastic order or community.

Regular clergy, in distinction from the secular clergy.

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(botany, zoology) Having all the parts of the same kind alike in size and shape.

A regular flower; a regular sea urchin.

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(crystallography) Isometric.
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(snowboarding) Riding with the left foot forward.
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(analysis, not comparable, of a Borel measure) Such that every set in its domain is both outer regular and inner regular.
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A member of the British Army (as opposed to a member of the Territorial Army or Reserve).
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A frequent, routine visitor to an establishment.

Bartenders usually know their regulars by name.

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This gentleman was one of the architect's regulars.

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(Canada) A coffee with one cream and one sugar.
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Well-ordered; methodical.

Regular habits.

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Occurring at fixed intervals; periodic.

Regular payments.

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Having bowel movements or menstrual periods with normal frequency.
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Not varying; constant.
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Origin of regular

  • Middle English reguler living under religious rule from Old French from Late Latin rēgulāris according to rule from Latin rēgula rod, rule reg- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Anglo-Norman reguler, Middle French reguler, regulier, and their source, Latin rÄ“gulāris (“continuing rules for guidance"), from rÄ“gula (“rule"), ultimately from Proto-Indo-European *reg- (“move in a straight line").

    From Wiktionary