regular Meaning, Definition & Usage

  1. noun a regular patron
    fixture; habitue.
    • an habitue of the racetrack
    • a bum who is a Central Park fixture
  2. noun a soldier in the regular army
  3. noun a dependable follower (especially in party politics)
    • he is one of the party regulars
  4. noun a garment size for persons of average height and weight
  5. adjective in accordance with fixed order or procedure or principle
    • his regular calls on his customers
    • regular meals
    • regular duties
  6. adjective satellite often used as intensifiers
    • a regular morass of details
    • a regular nincompoop
    • he's a veritable swine
  7. adjective satellite conforming to a standard or pattern
    • following the regular procedure of the legislature
    • a regular electrical outlet
  8. adjective satellite regularly scheduled for fixed times
    • at a regular meeting of the PTA
    • regular bus departures
  9. adjective satellite in accord with regular practice or procedure
    • took his regular morning walk
    • her regular bedtime
  10. adjective satellite occurring at fixed intervals
    • a regular beat
    • the even rhythm of his breathing
  11. adjective satellite relating to a person who does something regularly
    • a regular customer
    • a steady drinker
  12. adjective (used of the military) belonging to or engaged in by legitimate army forces
    • the regular army
  13. adjective (of solids) having clear dimensions that can be measured; volume can be determined with a suitable geometric formula
  14. adjective not constipated
  15. adjective satellite symmetrically arranged
    • even features
    • regular features
    • a regular polygon
  16. adjective satellite not deviating from what is normal
    • her regular bedtime
  17. adjective satellite officially full-time
    • regular students


Reg"u*lar adjective
L. regularis, fr. regula a rule, fr. regere to guide, to rule: cf. F. régulier. See Rule.
  1. 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. 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. 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. Belonging to a monastic order or community; as, regular clergy, in distinction dfrom the secular clergy.
  5. Thorough; complete; unmitigated; as, a regular humbug. Colloq.
  6. (Bot. & Zoöl.) Having all the parts of the same kind alike in size and shape; as, a regular flower; a regular sea urchin.
  7. (Crystallog.) Same as Isometric. or opposed to reserves Syn. -- Normal; orderly; methodical. See Normal.
Reg"u*lar noun
LL. regularis: cf. F. régulier. See Regular, a.
  1. (R. C. Ch.) 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. Bp. Fitzpatrick.
  2. (Mil.) A soldier belonging to a permanent or standing army; -- chiefly used in the plural.

Webster 1913