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


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

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 Cook has yet to regain his early season form after missing the final two regular-season games. Scott Ostler,, "San Francisco 49ers vs. Minnesota Vikings: Three keys to the game," 11 Jan. 2020 Part of that was due to LSU and Ohio State putting together historic regular seasons. Dan Wolken, USA TODAY, "Opinion: Dabo Swinney obscuring how great this Clemson run has been with his rants," 11 Jan. 2020 After parting ways with two long-time NFL coaches in a staff makeover the week after the regular season, Matt Patricia is going young with one of their replacements. Dave Birkett, Detroit Free Press, "Why Detroit Lions hired 33-year-old Brayden Coombs to run special teams," 11 Jan. 2020 That is the combined scores of the first quarter in the Ravens’ 16 regular-season games. John Holler, USA TODAY Sportsbook Wire, "NFL Prop Bet Payday: 1 vs. 6 Division Playoff Edition," 11 Jan. 2020 In addition to throwing 36 touchdown passes, Jackson also ran for 1,206 yards during the 2019 regular season. Mark Inabinett |, al, "Alabama’s winners part of Heisman gathering at NFL playoff game," 11 Jan. 2020 JOHN McCLAIN: Get the ball to DeAndre Hopkins sooner rather than later Q: Any injuries of note for this matchup? A: The key injury for the Chiefs is safety Juan Thornhill, who tore his ACL in the team’s final game of the regular season. Stephanie Stradley, Houston Chronicle, "Stephanie Stradley’s Texans-Chiefs playoff Q&A with Pete Sweeney," 10 Jan. 2020 That has to sting a little bit, considering Holzhauer fell just short of Jennings’ record for highest regular-season winnings total during his record-breaking run on the game show last year. Tyler Aquilina,, "James Holzhauer took BuzzFeed's Jeopardy! champ quiz — and got Ken Jennings," 9 Jan. 2020 After the regular season ended Dec. 29, Garrett held two meetings with team officials about his job status. Calvin Watkins, Dallas News, "Cowboys say the unusually long goodbye was done on Jason Garrett’s timeline," 9 Jan. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Witness Stacy Romine said the suspect, whose name hasn't been released, randomly assaulted a man sitting at a table of regulars. Omar Villafranca, CBS News, "1 dead, 3 injured after stabbings in Austin, Texas," 3 Jan. 2020 About the place: Comfy place with booths and tables and a lot of regulars. Marc Bona, cleveland, "The Garden Family Restaurant: Northeast Ohio’s best weekend brunches, breakfasts," 14 Dec. 2019 Spurs have had an abysmal time as of late with a 7-2 loss at home to Bayern Munich the stand out result, and Pochettino is keen to freshen up his stale squad by selling a number of regulars., "Mauricio Pochettino Planning Major Tottenham Squad Overhaul With Five Players Tipped to Leave," 8 Oct. 2019 The lighting is harsh, the band's stage is festooned in silver streamers, and the wall is covered in fading photos of regulars. Cnt Editors, Condé Nast Traveler, "Condé Nast Traveler's Alternative Bucket List," 20 Aug. 2019 As far as food vendors are concerned, Terry said all of the regulars will be back. John Benson,, "Seven Hills Home Days returns with fireworks, music and more July 26-27," 19 July 2019 His roster of regulars included everyone from Jack Webb, Jack Lord, and Barbara Sinatra to Johnny Depp, Keifer Sutherland, Francis Ford Coppola, and most famously, the Rolling Stones, who once flew him on their private jet to a concert in Mexico. Michael Callahan, The Hollywood Reporter, "Musso & Frank Icon Sergio Gonzalez Served Stars From Sinatra to the Rolling Stones: "We Treat People Like Our Own Family"," 8 June 2019 Shopping for business class regulars can be tough—they're already fortunate enough to have a little extra cash to splurge on more space in the sky. Louis Cheslaw, Condé Nast Traveler, "13 Gifts for the Business Class Regular," 6 Dec. 2019 The regulars wearing good fabrics and nice shoes in the pool hall were equals to those in work boots and uniforms, and perhaps broadcast their jobs by the way their clothes smelled. Byron Mccauley,, "His grandfather's pool hall was a safe haven for everyone in OTR," 5 Dec. 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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The first known use of regular was in the 14th century

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14 Jan 2020

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“Regular.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 20 January 2020.

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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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not to be intimidated or subdued

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