Meaning of REGULAR in English


adj. & n.


1. conforming to a rule or principle; systematic.

2 (of a structure or arrangement) harmonious, symmetrical (regular features).

3 acting or done or recurring uniformly or calculably in time or manner; habitual, constant, orderly.

4 conforming to a standard of etiquette or procedure; correct; according to convention.

5 properly constituted or qualified; not defective or amateur; pursuing an occupation as one's main pursuit (cooks as well as a regular cook; has no regular profession).

6 Gram. (of a noun, verb, etc.) following the normal type of inflection.

7 colloq. complete, thorough, absolute (a regular hero).

8 Geom. a (of a figure) having all sides and all angles equal. b (of a solid) bounded by a number of equal figures.

9 Eccl. (placed before or after noun) a bound by religious rule. b belonging to a religious or monastic order (canon regular).

10 (of forces or troops etc.) relating to or constituting a permanent professional body (regular soldiers; regular police force).

11 (of a person) defecating or menstruating at predictable times.

12 Bot. (of a flower) having radial symmetry.


1. a regular soldier.

2 colloq. a regular customer, visitor, etc.

3 Eccl. one of the regular clergy.

4 colloq. a person permanently employed.

Phrases and idioms:

keep regular hours do the same thing, esp. going to bed and getting up, at the same time each day.


regularity n. regularize (also -ise). regularization n. regularly adv.

Etymology: ME reguler, regular f. OF reguler f. L regularis f. regula RULE

Oxford English vocab.      Оксфордский английский словарь.