reg·​u·​lar | \ ˈre-gyə-lər How to pronounce regular (audio) , ˈre-g(ə-)lər also ˈrā-\

Definition of regular

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a : constituted, conducted, scheduled, or done in conformity with established or prescribed usages, rules, or discipline
2a : recurring, attending, or functioning at fixed, uniform, or normal intervals a regular income a regular churchgoer regular bowel movements
b : orderly, methodical regular habits
3a : formed, built, arranged, or ordered according to some established rule, law, principle, or type
b(1) : both equilateral and equiangular a regular polygon
(2) : having faces that are congruent regular polygons and all the polyhedral angles congruent a regular polyhedron
c of a flower : having the arrangement of floral parts exhibiting radial symmetry with members of the same whorl similar in form
4a : normal, standard: such as
(1) : absolute, complete a regular fool the office seemed like a regular madhouse
(2) : thinking or behaving in an acceptable, normal, or agreeable manner was a regular guy
b(1) : conforming to the normal or usual manner of inflection
(2) : weak sense 7
c of a postage stamp : issued in large numbers over a long period for general use in prepayment of postage
5 : of, relating to, or constituting the permanent standing military force of a state the regular army regular soldiers
6 : belonging to a religious order



Definition of regular (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : one who is regular: such as
a : one who is usually present or participating especially : a long-standing regular customer
b : one who can be trusted or depended on a party regular
c : a player on an athletic team who usually starts every game
d : one of the regular clergy
e : a soldier in a regular army
2 : something of average or medium size especially : a clothing size designed to fit a person of average height

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Synonyms & Antonyms for regular

Synonyms: Adjective

constant, frequent, habitual, periodic, periodical, repeated, steady

Synonyms: Noun

dogface, fighter, legionary, legionnaire, man-at-arms, serviceman, soldier, trooper, warrior

Antonyms: Adjective

inconstant, infrequent, irregular

Antonyms: Noun


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regular, normal, typical, natural mean being of the sort or kind that is expected as usual, ordinary, or average. regular stresses conformity to a rule, standard, or pattern. the club's regular monthly meeting normal implies lack of deviation from what has been discovered or established as the most usual or expected. normal behavior for a two-year-old typical implies showing all important traits of a type, class, or group and may suggest lack of strong individuality. a typical small town natural applies to what conforms to a thing's essential nature, function, or mode of being. the natural love of a mother for her child


regular, normal, and typical mean being of the sort that is considered to be usual, ordinary, or average. regular is used of something that follows a rule, standard, or pattern. The team has regular afternoon practice. normal is used of something that does not vary from what is the most usual or expected. That's normal behavior for a two-year-old. typical is used of something that shows all the important characteristics of a type or group. Ours is a typical small town.

Examples of regular in a Sentence


Most days she follows a regular routine. The town holds regular meetings. five regular payments of $100 We made regular use of the pool. Getting regular exercise is important. Exercise has become a regular part of my lifestyle. He is a regular contributor to the magazine. The seedlings were planted in regular rows. The wallpaper has a regular pattern of stripes.


They are regulars at the bar. He is a regular on the television show. the regulars on a baseball team “What kind of gas do you put in your car?” “I use regular.” We'll have one large soda and two regulars.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

Rihanna has seen success with her ongoing Fenty x Puma line, her creeper sneakers most notably selling out on the regular; Puma also recently partnered with Selena Gomez on activewear. Christian Allaire, Vogue, "Beyhive, Rejoice! Adidas and Beyoncé Are Teaming Up on a Cool New Label," 4 Apr. 2019 Lori, who guest starred as Aunt Becky on Fuller House and was a regular on the original '90s Full House show, is expected not to return for the fifth and final season of the Netflix series. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "'Full House' Star Candace Cameron Bure Made It Clear Where She Stands After Lori Loughlin Scandal," 25 Mar. 2019 To find out which cream foundations are the crème de la crème, Allure tapped several professional makeup artists who play with the aforementioned base type on the regular. Allure, "12 Cream Foundations That Give Your Skin Ample Moisture and Coverage," 22 Mar. 2019 Uber, which launched its rewards program in November and modeled it after airline miles programs, introduced 24/7 phone support (compared to the regular in-app bot and online assistance) for its highest tier Diamond members. Meredith Carey, Condé Nast Traveler, "Airbnb’s ‘Superguest’ Program: The Benefits We Want to See," 18 Dec. 2018 In 1942, the designer, dancer, and regular man about town Don Loper swathed the walls of the Beverly Hills Hotel in a large-scale tropical palm print, and the design world has never been the same. Hadley Keller, House Beautiful, "One of the Most Iconic Wallpapers of All Time Is Back," 20 Mar. 2019 Four Stans are pulling cars in and out of parking spots, booked at €52.20 (around $59), slightly more expensive than a regular week of parking. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "Stan the Adorable Robot Could Be the Future of Parking Lots," 15 Mar. 2019 Prevent future pest problems with regular housekeeping. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "How to Get Rid of Moths in Every Part of Your Home, According to Experts," 13 Mar. 2019 Place 1 Oreo in the bottom of each regular-size muffin cup and 1 mini Oreo in the bottom of each mini muffin cup. Woman's Day Kitchen, Woman's Day, "Spring Animal Cupcakes," 7 Mar. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Graham, for one, trains at New York's Dogpound gym, where many of the Angels are regulars. Hilary George-parkin, Glamour, "What's Holding Victoria's Secret Back From Body Diversity on the Runway?," 9 Nov. 2018 Only Brett Gardner has struck out fewer times among the Yankees regulars. New York Times, "Miguel Andujar Gives Yankees a Boost Against the Red Sox. And in the Trade Market?," 30 June 2018 In 22 games, Thames was hitting .250 with a .351 on-base percentage and .625 slugging percentage, tops among the regulars. Tom Haudricourt, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Brewers first baseman Eric Thames goes on DL with torn thumb ligament; Woodruff recalled," 25 Apr. 2018 Loyola assistant basketball coach Bill Shay was among those regulars. Andrew Joseph, For The Win, "How Loyola inspired an epic NCAA hoax: Inside Maguire University's party at the Final Four," 2 Apr. 2018 That's last among Orioles regulars and 83rd out of 94 qualifiers in the American League through Sunday afternoon. Jon Meoli,, "'Not a lot of production,' but Chris Davis says leadoff still best spot for him, Orioles," 1 Apr. 2018 Las Vegas native Kris Bryant, Jason Heyward, Anthony Rizzo and Addison Russell are among the regulars scheduled to make the two-game trip to Vegas. Mark Gonzales,, "Albert Almora Jr. to bat leadoff for Cubs vs. Diamondbacks," 15 Mar. 2018 Right-handers Christian Bethancourt, Michael Kelly, Bryan Rodriguez, catcher Tony Cruz, third baseman Diego Goris and outfielders Nick Buss and Rafael Ortega are among the El Paso regulars who became minor league free agents earlier this month. Jeff Sanders,, "Moves tracker: Tom Wilhelmsen, Padres agree to minor league deal," 6 Feb. 2018 After Father Wentczuk told parishioners he might be moved, dozens of churchgoers stormed the bishop’s office carrying a roll of wallpaper signed by most of the church’s several hundred regulars. Drew Hinshaw, WSJ, "‘We Gave Him a Chance’: Mercy for Abusive Priests Divides Church," 22 Feb. 2019

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First Known Use of regular


14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 6


15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for regular


Middle English reguler, from Anglo-French, from Late Latin regularis regular, from Latin, of a bar, from regula rule — more at rule

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English Language Learners Definition of regular

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: happening over and over again at the same time or in the same way : occurring every day, week, month, etc.
: happening at times that are equally separated
: happening or done very often



English Language Learners Definition of regular (Entry 2 of 2)

: someone who goes somewhere very often
: someone who often or usually performs, plays, etc.
US : something that is average or usual in quality or size


reg·​u·​lar | \ ˈre-gyə-lər How to pronounce regular (audio) \

Kids Definition of regular

1 : steady in practice or occurrence : happening on or as if on a schedule a regular routine The club holds regular meetings.
2 : following established usages or rules regular procedures
3 : normal entry 1 sense 1 Practice will be at the regular time. The regular price is $15.
4 : following the usual manner of inflection “Talk” is a regular verb, but “say” is not.
5 : having all sides equal and all angles equal a regular polygon

Other Words from regular

regularly adverb


reg·​u·​lar | \ ˈreg-yə-lər How to pronounce regular (audio) \

Medical Definition of regular

1 : having or constituting an isometric system regular crystals
2 : conforming to what is usual or normal: as
a : recurring or functioning at fixed or normal intervals regular bowel movements
b : having menstrual periods or bowel movements at normal intervals

Other Words from regular

regularly adverb

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