the permanent army maintained in peace as well as in war; the standing army: one of the major components of the Army of the United States.
Origin of Regular Army
First recorded in 1840–50
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The troops along those lines had been mustered out, and the regular-army force that was to take their places had not arrived.The Battle of Atlanta|Grenville M. Dodge