reg·​u·​lar | \ˈre-gyə-lər, ˈre-g(ə-)lər also ˈrā-\

Definition of regular 

(Entry 1 of 2)

1 : belonging to a religious order

2a : 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

3a : orderly, methodical regular habits

b : recurring, attending, or functioning at fixed, uniform, or normal intervals a regular income a regular churchgoer regular bowel movements

4a : constituted, conducted, scheduled, or done in conformity with established or prescribed usages, rules, or discipline

b : 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

c(1) : conforming to the normal or usual manner of inflection

(2) : weak sense 7

d 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



Definition of regular (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : one who is regular: such as

a : one of the regular clergy

b : a soldier in a regular army

c : one who can be trusted or depended on a party regular

d : a player on an athletic team who usually starts every game

e : one who is usually present or participating especially : a long-standing regular customer

2 : something of average or medium size especially : a clothing size designed to fit a person of average height

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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

Fanning is now in recovery and a Grace Downtown regular. Michael Hill, The Seattle Times, "Amid drug crisis, spiritual first responders hit the streets," 13 Nov. 2018 Nvidia continues to support the device with regular updates, and the hardware remains more than fast enough to keep everything smooth. Ars Staff, Ars Technica, "Dealmaster: Take 22% off an Nvidia Shield TV 4K media streamer," 13 Nov. 2018 For dryers, that means cleaning out the lint trap on the regular (which also reduces the risk of a fire). Kaitlin Clark, Curbed, "How long household appliances should last," 1 Nov. 2018 It was supposed to be a quick flight on a regular run for the airline. Barbara S. Peterson, Popular Mechanics, "How Could a Brand New Boeing Jet Crash Without Warning?," 31 Oct. 2018 At this point, Pippa Middleton is a regular on the royal wedding circuit. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "Pippa Middleton Just Arrived at Princess Eugenie's Wedding Wearing a Gorgeous Green Dress," 12 Oct. 2018 The regular Expedition is EPA-rated at 17 miles per gallon, 24 mpg in the city and 20 mpg overall. Aaron Bragman, USA TODAY, "Review: Ford's revamped Expedition SUV moves to the front of the pack," 13 July 2018 According to Erin Dollar, a textile designer behind the brand Cotton & Flax who’s also a regular on the trade show circuit, the market for ashtrays has been steadily building over the past few years., "Why Are Ashtrays Trending Again? Well, We'll Be Blunt...," 11 July 2018 Mon Jackson, a regular at the City of Refuge who works at Chick-fil-A during the day, was just hired as a part-time UPS supervisor for the twilight shift starting at 5 p.m. Kelly Yamanouchi, ajc, "UPS hiring thousands of workers for massive hub on westside of Atlanta," 11 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Three movies starring Andrew Lincoln and likely none of the other regulars? Bryan Bishop, The Verge, "The Walking Dead has condemned itself for all time," 5 Nov. 2018 The contemporary take on Pilates evolves in concert with the wish lists of the regulars. Laura Regensdorf, Vogue, "These 5 Pilates Studios Have Fierce—and Incredibly Fit—Followings for a Reason," 21 Sep. 2018 Jackie Walji, manager and co-owner of the Mellow Monkey smoke shop on Bandera Road, said most of her client base is made up of regulars who are older than 21. Joshua Fechter, San Antonio Express-News, "San Antonio retailers brace for impact of tobacco ordinance," 20 Apr. 2018 Ward made 23 saves — including a tumbling gem midway through the third to rob Evgeny Kuznetsov — for Carolina, which was down a handful of regulars for the rematch of their 3-1 victory Thursday night . USA TODAY, "Caps rally, beat Hurricanes on Beagle's goal with 1.3 left," 12 Jan. 2018 Ty Dillon and Paul Menard are the only other Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series regulars racing in the Alsco 300. Jason Hoffman,, "XFinity Series driver Daniel Hemric chasing perfection at Kentucky Speedway," 12 July 2018 At the Kool Beanz Cafe, owner Victoria Arguelles is serving sandwiches, soup and coffee to a growing number of new mill employees as well as regulars. Samantha Bomkamp,, "The Illinois town where Trump's tariffs have provided jobs, and a sigh of relief," 6 July 2018 Both were promoted to series regulars for Season 3, TV Line reports. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Riverdale Season 3: Everything You Need to Know," 6 July 2018 According to Deadline, series regulars Molly Ephraim and Flynn Morrison, who played Mandy and Boyd Baxter respectively on the show, have chosen not to return. Tyler Mccarthy, Fox News, "'Last Man Standing' Season 7 will have to recast two key cast members who aren't returning," 3 July 2018

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'regular.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

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First Known Use of regular


14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


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.

: something that is average or usual in quality or size


reg·​u·​lar | \ˈre-gyə-lər \

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 \

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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