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WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2016
reg•u•lar /ˈrɛgyəlɚ/USA pronunciation   adj. 
  1. usual; normal;
    customary;
    according to a rule or pattern:His regular habit was to drink coffee in the morning.
  2. evenly arranged;
    balanced;
    symmetrical:regular facial features.
  3. having the same or a fixed system, procedure, etc., for something:The verb walk in English is a regular verb because it forms its past tense as walked.
  4. steady and even;
    not changing:a regular heartbeat.
  5. [be + ~] having bowel movements or monthly periods according to a fixed or steady pattern.
  6. habitual;
    having done so for a long time:a regular user of cocaine.
  7. legitimate or proper:[before a noun]I suspected he wasn't a regular doctor after all.
  8. Informal Terms
    • decent;
      straightforward;
      nice:a regular guy.
    • [before a noun] absolute;
      complete;
      thoroughgoing:We have a regular flood here.
  9. Military[before a noun] being or belonging to the permanently organized, or standing, army of a state.

n. [countable]
  1. a habitual customer or client, or one who has been present for a long time.
  2. Clothing
    • a size of garments for persons of average height.
    • a garment in this size.
  3. an athlete who plays in most of the games, usually from the start.
reg•u•lar•i•ty /ˌrɛgyəˈlærɪti/USA pronunciation  n. [uncountable]See -reg-.

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2016
reg•u•lar  (regyə lər),USA pronunciation adj. 
  1. usual; normal;
    customary:to put something in its regular place.
  2. evenly or uniformly arranged;
    symmetrical:regular teeth.
  3. characterized by fixed principle, uniform procedure, etc.:regular income.
  4. recurring at fixed times;
    periodic:regular bus departures; regular meals.
  5. rhythmical:regular breathing.
  6. occurring with normal frequency, as menses or bowel movements.
  7. having regular menses or bowel movements.
  8. adhering to a rule or procedure;
    methodical:regular habits; to be regular in one's diet.
  9. observing fixed times or habits;
    habitual:a regular customer.
  10. orderly;
    well-ordered:a regular life.
  11. conforming to some accepted rule, discipline, etc.
  12. carried out in accordance with an accepted principle or rule;
    formally correct:a regular session of the court.
  13. qualified to engage in an occupation or profession;
    legitimate;
    proper:I suspected the man wasn't a regular doctor.
  14. Informal Terms
    • real or genuine;
      down-to-earth;
      decent:a regular guy.
    • absolute;
      thoroughgoing:a regular rascal.
  15. Botany(of a flower) having the members of each of its floral circles or whorls alike in form and size.
  16. Grammarconforming to the most prevalent pattern of formation, inflection, construction, etc.
  17. Mathematics
    • governed by one law throughout.
    • (of a polygon) having all sides and angles equal.
    • (of a polyhedron) having all faces congruent regular polygons, and all solid angles congruent.
    • Mathematics(of a topological space) having the property that, corresponding to each point and a closed set not containing the point, there are two disjoint open sets, one containing the point, the other containing the closed set.
    • (of a function of a complex variable) analytic (def. 5a).
  18. Militarynoting or belonging to the permanently organized, or standing, army of a state.
  19. Law[Internat. Law.]noting soldiers recognized as legitimate combatants in warfare.
  20. Religion[Eccles.]subject to a religious rule, or belonging to a religious or monastic order (opposed to secular):regular clergy.
  21. Government[U.S. Politics.]of, pertaining to, or selected by the recognized agents of a political party:the regular ticket.
  22. (of coffee) containing an average amount of milk or cream.

n. 
  1. a long-standing or habitual customer or client:The restaurant can always find tables for its regulars.
  2. Religion[Eccles.]a member of a duly constituted religious order under a rule.
  3. [Mil.]a professional soldier.
  4. Government[U.S. Politics.]a party member who faithfully stands by his or her party.
  5. Clothinga size of garment designed for men of average build.
  6. Clothinga garment, as a suit or overcoat, in this size.
  7. an athlete who plays in most of the games, usually from the start.
reg•u•lar•i•ty  (reg′yə lari tē),USA pronunciation  regu•lar•ness, n. 
  • Late Latin rēgulāris. See regula, -ar1
  • Middle French
  • Middle English reguler (adjective, adjectival) 1350–1400
    • 2.See corresponding entry in Unabridged even, formal, orderly, uniform.
    • 4.See corresponding entry in Unabridged habitual, established, fixed.
    • 8.See corresponding entry in Unabridged systematic.


Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

regular /ˈrɛɡjʊlə/ adj
  1. normal, customary, or usual
  2. according to a uniform principle, arrangement, or order
  3. occurring at fixed or prearranged intervals: to make a regular call on a customer
  4. following a set rule or normal practice; methodical or orderly
  5. symmetrical in appearance or form; even: regular features
  6. (prenominal) organized, elected, conducted, etc, in a proper or officially prescribed manner
  7. (prenominal) officially qualified or recognized: he's not a regular doctor
  8. (prenominal) (intensifier): a regular fool
  9. US Canadian informal likable, dependable, or nice (esp in the phrase a regular guy)
  10. denoting or relating to the personnel or units of the permanent military services: a regular soldier, the regular army
  11. (of flowers) having any of their parts, esp petals, alike in size, shape, arrangement, etc; symmetrical
  12. (of the formation, inflections, etc, of a word) following the usual pattern of formation in a language
  13. (of a polygon) equilateral and equiangular
  14. (of a polyhedron) having identical regular polygons as faces that make identical angles with each other
  15. (of a prism) having regular polygons as bases
  16. (of a pyramid) having a regular polygon as a base and the altitude passing through the centre of the base
  17. another word for actinomorphic
  18. (postpositive) subject to the rule of an established religious order or community: canons regular
n
  1. a professional long-term serviceman or -woman in a military unit
  2. informal a person who does something regularly, such as attending a theatre or patronizing a shop
  3. a member of a religious order or congregation, as contrasted with a secular
Etymology: 14th Century: from Old French reguler, from Latin rēgulāris of a bar of wood or metal, from rēgula ruler, model

ˌreguˈlarity n ˈregularly adv



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