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Meaning of formal by Wiktionary Dictionary



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


    • Rhymes: -ɔː( r )məl


    formal ( comparative more formal, superlative most formal )

    1. being in accord with established forms
    2. official
    3. relating to the form or structure of something
    4. ceremonial
    5. ( horticulture ) organized; well-structured and planned


    Related terms


    formal ( plural: formals )

    1. formalin
    2. an evening gown
    3. an event with a formal dress code
      Jenny took Sam to her Year 12 formal .

    External links

    • formal in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913
    • formal in The Century Dictionary, The Century Co., New York, 1911

Explanation of formal by Wordnet Dictionary


    1. refined or imposing in manner or appearance

    2. being in accord with established forms and conventions and requirements ( as e.g. of formal dress )

    3. pay one's formal respects
      formal dress
      a formal ball
      the requirement was only formal and often ignored
      a formal education
    4. ( of spoken and written language ) adhering to traditional standards of correctness and without casual, contracted, and colloquial forms

    5. the paper was written in formal English
    6. logically deductive

    7. formal proof
    8. characteristic of or befitting a person in authority

    9. formal duties
    10. represented in simplified or symbolic form

    1. a gown for evening wear

    2. a lavish dance requiring formal attire