Meaning of REGULAR in English


I. ˈre-gyə-lər, ˈre-g(ə-)lər also ˈrā- adjective

Etymology: Middle English reguler, from Anglo-French, from Late Latin regularis regular, from Latin, of a bar, from regula rule — more at rule

Date: 14th century

1. : belonging to a religious order


a. : formed, built, arranged, or ordered according to some established rule, law, principle, or type


(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


a. : orderly , methodical

regular habits

b. : recurring, attending, or functioning at fixed, uniform, or normal intervals

a regular income

a regular churchgoer

regular bowel movements


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

b. : normal , standard : 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


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

(2) : weak 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


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

II. noun

Date: 15th century

1. : one who is regular: 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

Merriam-Webster's Collegiate English vocabulary.      Энциклопедический словарь английского языка Merriam Webster.