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

Definition of regular

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : 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

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 Public works construction projects require contractors to meet certain wage requirements and to provide payroll certification on a regular basis, Shubert said. Erica E. Phillips,, 18 Jan. 2022 Since that game, which marked Auburn’s first regular-season sweep of Alabama and Georgia since 1967, the Tigers have transformed into a basketball powerhouse. Joseph Goodman |, al, 18 Jan. 2022 The SoFi crowd for the regular-season finale on Jan. 9 was decidedly pro-San Francisco 49ers. Los Angeles Times, 18 Jan. 2022 Schaffner, however, questioned why the CDC would advise schools to cancel extracurriculars that involve shouting when children shout on a regular basis. Elizabeth Cohen, CNN, 17 Jan. 2022 The first is screening tests, in which a portion of students are tested on a regular basis in hopes of finding those who did not realize they were infected. Washington Post, 12 Jan. 2022 While that amount is generally thought to be okay for your health, having more than that on a regular basis isn’t. Rebecca Joy Stanborough, SELF, 12 Jan. 2022 Everything seemed to be on track: Stewart was charming on the circuit and racking up nominations and awards on a regular basis. Michael Schneider, Variety, 12 Jan. 2022 Develop a repeat business strategy that will make clients want to come back to you on a more regular basis. Adam Stott, Forbes, 5 Jan. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Hadid, a reality TV regular and father of models Bella and Gigi, bought the property in 2011 and quickly got to work cramming a 30,000-square-foot house onto the 1.22-acre lot, which was both bigger and taller than city rules allowed. Jack Flemming, Los Angeles Times, 1 Jan. 2022 The one current regular who may be in the process of taking his production to a new level is 3B Jeimer Candelario. Tony Blengino, Forbes, 7 Dec. 2021 Dern, pictured in the book with an impressively high side ponytail, was somewhat of a regular during her early teen years. Sarah Spellings, Vogue, 11 Nov. 2021 The show recently lost Juan Williams as a Democratic regular. David Bauder, ajc, 9 Nov. 2021 The latest from award-winning filmmaker Furman, a regular at the world’s top genre festivals including Sitges and Fantasia. Jamie Lang, Variety, 5 Nov. 2021 But in a 1966 episode, after Knotts’ departure as a series regular, Barney returned for a high school reunion to learn that Thelma Lou had gotten married., 20 Oct. 2021 But in a 1966 episode, after Mr. Knotts departed as a series regular, Barney returned for a high school reunion to learn that Thelma Lou had gotten married. New York Times, 19 Oct. 2021 Ken Jennings, Jeopardy’s most famous former contestant and a regular on the show’s various tournaments, was a favorite to replace Trebek. Megan Garber, The Atlantic, 21 Aug. 2021

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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.
: 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

Choose the Right Synonym for regular

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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