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
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

Synonyms: Noun

Antonyms: Adjective

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

Examples of regular in a Sentence

Adjective 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. Noun 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 The 49ers reportedly unsuccessfully tried to sign Williams to a contract extension near the end of the regular season. Eric Branch,, "Advice for Kyle Shanahan and John Lynch: A blueprint for 49ers’ offseason," 16 Jan. 2021 Popovich, who is set to turn 72 on Jan. 28, is the NBA’s all-time winningest coach, with 1,567 victories (regular season and playoffs combined) entering Saturday’s game. Tom Orsborn,, "San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich’s words of encouragement touched rookie coach," 16 Jan. 2021 Baltimore posted a 14-2 regular-season record in 2019, the best in the NFL. Mark Inabinett |, al, "Marlon Humphrey, Ravens put ‘corona’ behind them," 15 Jan. 2021 In 2020 the Aces finished the WNBA regular season tied for the league's best record (18-4) with the Seattle Storm and earned their first Finals berth in franchise history. Analis Bailey, USA TODAY, "Raiders owner Mark Davis set to expand his sports empire in Las Vegas with purchase of WNBA team," 15 Jan. 2021 The finale in 2007 against the Giants, which aired on Channels 4, 5, and 7 as well as the NFL Network as the Patriots completed their quest for a 16-0 regular season. Globe Staff,, "Tom Brady boosts Bucs’ local ratings by 28 percent, while 7-9 Patriots drop 26 percent in market," 15 Jan. 2021 The team that swept the regular-season series has won 14 of the previous 22 matchups. Barry Wilner, Star Tribune, "Tight games this weekend, with one upset projected," 15 Jan. 2021 The Chiefs finished the regular season 14-2, their best record in franchise history. Scott Patsko, cleveland, "Cleveland Browns vs. Kansas City Chiefs: Playoff prediction poll," 14 Jan. 2021 In order to have as long as a regular season as feasible while finishing the playoffs before the Summer Olympics are scheduled to start July 23, exhibition games were eliminated. Helene St. James, Detroit Free Press, "Why the Detroit Red Wings have 'a great energy' as 2021 season opens," 14 Jan. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The anonymous regular is known to order avocado toast with eggs over easy while reading a book in the restaurant, according to WJZ. Janine Puhak, Fox News, "Maryland waitresses shocked with $2,020 tip before indoor dining closes in county," 17 Dec. 2020 Palacios, a good prospect, has failed to produce against minor-league pitching and may never be a big-league regular. Star Tribune, "For Twins, life after Eddie Rosario means more youth, and hopefully a trade," 8 Dec. 2020 Ashley Butterman, a regular at the Upper East Side location, stopped taking her two young children when the pandemic took hold. New York Times, "Outdoor Dining Is a Hit. What About Outdoor Shopping?," 2 Dec. 2020 The band was a regular at the Anchorage Folk Festival. Beth Bragg, Anchorage Daily News, "Highly recruited Seward swimmer Lydia Jacoby picks University of Texas," 9 Dec. 2020 Ferguson said that his late father, a Boeing worker fascinated by history, was a regular at the Seattle archives. Richard Read Seattle Bureau Chief, Los Angeles Times, "A plan to sell a federal archives building in Seattle hits trouble: ‘The DNA of our region is located there’," 6 Dec. 2020 From the Arizona rehabilitation center, Smith moved into a Los Angeles sober-living facility and became a regular at the Unbreakable Performance Center, which is owned by Fox NFL insider Jay Glazer. Michael Gehlken, Dallas News, "Aldon Smith went past rock bottom. Now, the Cowboys DE is telling his story of how he climbed out," 25 Nov. 2020 Nagdy was a regular at Jefferson Square Park, where protesters have gathered to demand justice for Breonna Taylor since late May. Bailey Loosemore, USA TODAY, "'He's irreplaceable': 21-year-old leader of Breonna Taylor protests killed in shooting, family says," 23 Nov. 2020 John Miller, a regular at the club and a deputy commissioner in the Police Department, knew the habit well. Michael Wilson, New York Times, "Before ‘I Have a Dream,’ Martin Luther King Almost Died. This Man Saved Him.," 13 Nov. 2020

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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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The first known use of regular was in the 14th century

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20 Jan 2021

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“Regular.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Jan. 2021.

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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

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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.


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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