What does regular mean?

Definitions for regular
ˈrɛg yə lərreg·u·lar

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word regular.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. regular, habitue, fixturenoun

    a regular patron

    "an habitue of the racetrack"; "a bum who is a Central Park fixture"

  2. regularnoun

    a soldier in the regular army

  3. regularnoun

    a dependable follower (especially in party politics)

    "he is one of the party regulars"

  4. regularadjective

    a garment size for persons of average height and weight

  5. regularadjective

    in accordance with fixed order or procedure or principle

    "his regular calls on his customers"; "regular meals"; "regular duties"

  6. regular(a), veritable(a)adjective

    often used as intensifiers

    "a regular morass of details"; "a regular nincompoop"; "he's a veritable swine"

  7. regularadjective

    conforming to a standard or pattern

    "following the regular procedure of the legislature"; "a regular electrical outlet"

  8. regularadjective

    regularly scheduled for fixed times

    "at a regular meeting of the PTA"; "regular bus departures"

  9. regularadjective

    in accord with regular practice or procedure

    "took his regular morning walk"; "her regular bedtime"

  10. even, regularadjective

    occurring at fixed intervals

    "a regular beat"; "the even rhythm of his breathing"

  11. regular, steadyadjective

    relating to a person who does something regularly

    "a regular customer"; "a steady drinker"

  12. regularadjective

    (used of the military) belonging to or engaged in by legitimate army forces

    "the regular army"

  13. regularadjective

    (of solids) having clear dimensions that can be measured; volume can be determined with a suitable geometric formula

  14. unconstipated, regularadjective

    not constipated

  15. even, regularadjective

    symmetrically arranged

    "even features"; "regular features"; "a regular polygon"

  16. regularadjective

    not deviating from what is normal

    "her regular bedtime"

  17. regularadjective

    officially full-time

    "regular students"


  1. regularnoun

    A member of the British Army (as opposed to a member of the Territorial Army or Reserve).

  2. regularnoun

    A frequent, routine visitor to an establishment.

    Bartenders usually know their regulars by name.

  3. regularnoun

    A frequent customer, client or business partner.

    This gentleman was one of the architect's regulars.

  4. regularnoun

    A coffee with one cream and one sugar.

  5. regularadjective

    Bound by religious rule; belonging to a monastic or religious order (often as opposed to secular).

  6. regularadjective

    Having a constant pattern; showing evenness of form or appearance.

  7. regularadjective

    Having all sides of the same length, and all (corresponding) angles of the same size.

  8. regularadjective

    Demonstrating a consistent set of rules; showing order, evenness of operation or occurrence.

  9. regularadjective

    Well-behaved, orderly; restrained (of a lifestyle etc.).

  10. regularadjective

    Happening at constant (especially short) intervals.

    He made regular visits to go see his mother.

  11. regularadjective

    Following a set or common pattern; according to the normal rules of a given language.

    The verb "to walk" is regular.

  12. regularadjective

    Having the expected characteristics or appearances; normal, ordinary, standard.

  13. regularadjective

    Permanently organised; being part of a set professional body of troops.

  14. regularadjective

    Having bowel movements or menstrual periods at constant intervals in the expected way.

    Maintaining a high-fibre diet keeps you regular.

  15. regularadjective

    Exemplary; excellent example of; utter, downright.

  16. regularadjective

    Riding with the left foot forward.

  17. regularadjective

    That every set in its domain is both outer regular and inner regular.

  18. Etymology: From reguler, reguler, regulier, and their source, regularis, from regula, ultimately from reg-.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. REGULARadjective

    Etymology: regulier, Fr. regularis, Lat.

    The common cant of criticks is, that though the lines are good, it is not a regular piece. Guardian.

    The ways of heav’n are dark and intricate,
    Puzzled in mazes, and perplex’d with errors;
    Our understanding traces them in vain,
    Lost and bewilder’d in the fruitless search;
    Nor sees with how much art the windings run,
    Nor where the regular confusion ends. Addison.

    So when we view some well-proportion’d dome,
    No monstrous height or breadth or length appear;
    The whole at once is bold and regular. Alexander Pope.

    So just thy skill, so regular my rage. Alexander Pope.

    There is no universal reason, not confined to human fancy, that a figure, called regular, which hath equal sides and angles, is more beautiful than any irregular one. Richard Bentley.

  2. Regularnoun

    In the Romish church, all persons are said to be regulars, that do profess and follow a certain rule of life, in Latin stiled regula; and do likewise observe the three approved vows of poverty, chastity and obedience. John Ayliffe Parergon.

    Etymology: regulier, Fr.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Regularadjective

    conformed to a rule; agreeable to an established rule, law, principle, or type, or to established customary forms; normal; symmetrical; as, a regular verse in poetry; a regular piece of music; a regular verb; regular practice of law or medicine; a regular building

  2. Regularadjective

    governed by rule or rules; steady or uniform in course, practice, or occurence; not subject to unexplained or irrational variation; returning at stated intervals; steadily pursued; orderlly; methodical; as, the regular succession of day and night; regular habits

  3. Regularadjective

    constituted, selected, or conducted in conformity with established usages, rules, or discipline; duly authorized; permanently organized; as, a regular meeting; a regular physican; a regular nomination; regular troops

  4. Regularadjective

    belonging to a monastic order or community; as, regular clergy, in distinction dfrom the secular clergy

  5. Regularadjective

    thorough; complete; unmitigated; as, a regular humbug

  6. Regularadjective

    having all the parts of the same kind alike in size and shape; as, a regular flower; a regular sea urchin

  7. Regularadjective

    same as Isometric

  8. Regularadjective

    a member of any religious order or community who has taken the vows of poverty, chastity, and obedience, and who has been solemnly recognized by the church

  9. Regularadjective

    a soldier belonging to a permanent or standing army; -- chiefly used in the plural

  10. Etymology: [LL. regularis: cf. F. rgulier. See Regular, a.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Regular

    reg′ū-lar, adj. according to rule, or to law, order, custom, established practice, or mode prescribed: in accordance with nature or art, or the ordinary form or course of things: governed by rule: uniform: periodical: unbroken: methodical, orderly, systematic: strict: pursued with steadiness: straight: level: instituted according to established forms: normal, natural: consistent: usual, customary: (gram.) according to ordinary rule, as 'regular verbs:' (bot.) symmetrical in form: (geom.) having all the sides and angles equal: belonging to the permanent or standing army—opp. to Militia and Volunteer: (coll.) thorough, out and out, as 'a regular deception:' as opp. to Secular in the R.C. Church, denoting monks, friars, &c. under a monastic rule.—n. a soldier belonging to the permanent army: a member of a religious order who has taken the three ordinary vows: (chron.) a number for each year, giving, added to the concurrents, the number of the day of the week on which the paschal full moon falls: a fixed number for each month serving to ascertain the day of the week, or the age of the moon, on the first day of any month.—n.pl. Regulā′ria, the regular sea-urchins.—n. Regularisā′tion.—v.t. Reg′ularise, to make regular.—n. Regular′ity, conformity to rule: method: uniformity.—adv. Reg′ularly.—n. Reg′ularness.—v.t. Reg′ulāte, to make regular: to adjust by rule: to subject to rules or restrictions: to put in good order.—ns. Reg′ulating-screw, in organ-building, a screw by which the dip of the digitals of the keyboard of an organ may be adjusted; Regulā′tion, act of regulating: state of being regulated: a rule or order prescribed: precept: law.—adj. Reg′ulātive, tending to regulate.—n. Reg′ulātor, one who, or that which, regulates: a lever which regulates the motion of a watch, &c.: anything that regulates motion.—adj. Reg′ulātory.—n.fem. Reg′ulātress. [L. regularisregula, a rule—regĕre, to rule.]

Editors Contribution

  1. regular

    A specified or known frequency or schedule of time.

    They both were blessed to have a regular income and between them they were able to afford to pay their way.

    Submitted by MaryC on February 16, 2020  

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'regular' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #1370

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'regular' in Written Corpus Frequency: #1898

  3. Adjectives Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'regular' in Adjectives Frequency: #164

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of regular in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of regular in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Examples of regular in a Sentence

  1. Jesse Watters:

    I’ve done this dozens and dozens of times and ambushed people. I’ve never done The Five to a regular person outside of their house, the guy can go to someone’s house with a camera and a mic, that’s fine. … His tone was so wrong and accusatory.

  2. Ramon Llamas of IDC Research:

    Apple had to put the pieces in place to make it all happen, if you look at consumer behavior in which users are willing to pay a regular fee for unlimited content -- and that's what they can get from other services such as Spotify, Pandora and Netflix -- Apple is smartly aligning itself against those competitors with its own approach.

  3. Michelle Yagoda:

    I think any time you’re able to shade out imperfections and make a better picture of yourself, it affects the way we see each other and the way we see ourselves, i think this is a real problem, but I doubt that it’s going to be significantly affecting more people than regular body dysmorphic disorder does.

  4. Jon Hawkins:

    He’s popular especially with the sports crowd — guys go up to him and ask him what he thinks about current sports teams, o.J. is just a regular dude. He does his job, and he goes to his cell.

  5. Harold Brooks:

    A man stands atop a smashed car in a tornado-ravaged neighborhood south of Oklahoma City. The F5 tornado killed some 44 people in May 1999. ( Reuters) Most tornadoes form from supercells, also known as a rotating thunderstorm or a mesocyclone. A supercell is typically a thunderstorm with the winds already in motion, according to National Geographic. It requires a combination of warm, moist air and cold, dry air which are the ingredients for a regular thunderstorm.

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Translations for regular

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  • عاديArabic
  • obyčejný, normální, pravidelnýCzech
  • normal, regelmæssig, fast, almindeligDanish
  • regelmäßig, Stammgästin, Stammgast, normal, gewöhnlich, regulärGerman
  • συχνό, συνηθισμένη, κοινό, συχνός, κανονικός, συνηθισμένο, κανονική, συνηθισμένος, κανονικό, κοινός, κοινή, συχνήGreek
  • regulaEsperanto
  • regularSpanish
  • kanta-asiakas, vakioasiakas, säännöllinenFinnish
  • habituées, habitués, régulier, habituée, habituéFrench
  • rialtaIrish
  • riaghailteach, cunbhalachScottish Gaelic
  • רגילHebrew
  • szabályos, rendesHungarian
  • aturIndonesian
  • regolare, clienteItalian
  • קָבוּעַHebrew
  • 規則, [[規則]][[動詞]]Japanese
  • ನಿಯಮಿತKannada
  • 일반, 정식의Korean
  • legitimus, legitima, rectusLatin
  • regelméissegLuxembourgish, Letzeburgesch
  • မှန်Burmese
  • gewoon, vaste, regelmatig, vast, stamgast, regelmatige, gewoneDutch
  • regularnyPolish
  • regularPortuguese
  • завсегда́тай, клие́нтка, ча́стый, пра́вильный, клие́нт, обы́чный, норма́льный, регуля́рный, постоя́нныйRussian
  • regelbunden, stamgästSwedish
  • düzenliTurkish
  • 定期Chinese

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