Formal meaning

fôrməl
Characterized by technical or polysyllabic vocabulary, complex sentence structure, and explicit transitions; not colloquial or informal.

Formal discourse.

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Of or according to prescribed or fixed customs, rules, ceremonies, etc.

A formal wedding.

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Something, such as a gown or social affair, that is formal in nature.
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Having the outward appearance but lacking in substance.

A formal requirement that is usually ignored.

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Designating or of the level of language usage characterized by expanded vocabulary, complete syntactic constructions, complex sentences, etc.
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Following or being in accord with accepted or prescribed forms, conventions, or regulations.

Had little formal education; went to a formal party.

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Done or made in orderly, regular fashion; methodical.
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Very regular or orderly in arrangement, pattern, etc.; rigidly symmetrical.

A formal garden.

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A formal dance or ball.
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A woman's evening dress.
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The definition of formal is something that follows rules, is a dressy or important occasion, or something that has official sanctioning or approval.

An example of formal is a dinner party at a mansion where everyone dresses up in fancy clothes and is very polite.

An example of formal is when a judge gives official approval of something.

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Being in accord with established forms.
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An evening gown.
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Designating education in schools, colleges, etc.
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Relating to the form or structure of something.
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(horticulture) Organized; well-structured and planned.
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(mathematics) Relating to mere manipulation and construction of strings of symbols, without regard to their meaning.

Formal series are defined without any reference to convergence.

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An event with a formal dress code.

Jenny took Sam to her Year 12 formal.

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Of external form or structure, rather than nature or content.
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Of the internal form; relating to the intrinsic or essential character or nature.
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Done or made according to the forms that make explicit, definite, valid, etc.

A formal contract.

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go formal
  • to go dressed in evening clothes
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Idioms and Phrasal Verbs

go formal

Origin of formal

  • Middle English from Latin fōrmālis from fōrma shape

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Middle English formel, from Old French formel, from Latin formalis, from forma (“form”); see form.

    From Wiktionary