Definitions for formalˈfɔr məl

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

for•malˈfɔr məl(adj.)

  1. being in accordance with the usual requirements, customs, etc.; conventional:

    to pay one's formal respects.

  2. marked by form or ceremony:

    a formal occasion.

  3. designed for wear or use at elaborate ceremonial or social events:

    The invitation specified formal attire.

    Category: Clothing

  4. requiring dress suitable for elaborate social events:

    a formal dance.

    Category: Clothing

  5. observant of conventional requirements of behavior, procedure, etc., as persons; punctilious.

  6. excessively ceremonious; prim; decorous.

  7. being a matter of form only; perfunctory:

    formal courtesy.

  8. made or done in accordance with procedures that ensure validity:

    a formal authorization.

  9. of, pertaining to, or emphasizing the organization or composition of the constituent elements in a work of art perceived separately from its subject matter:

    the formal structure of a poem.

  10. acquired in school; academic.

  11. symmetrical or highly organized:

    a formal garden.

  12. of or pertaining to language use typical of impersonal and official situations, characterized by adherence to traditional standards of correctness, often complex vocabulary and syntax, and the avoidance of contractions and colloquial expressions.

    Category: Language/Linguistics

  13. pertaining to the form, shape, or mode of a thing, esp. as distinguished from the substance:

    formal writing.

  14. being such merely in appearance or name; nominal:

    a formal head of state.

  15. Math. (of a proof) in strict logical form with a justification for every step. (of a calculation) correct in form; made with strict justification for every step.

    Category: Math

  16. (n.)a dance or ball that requires formal attire.

  17. an evening gown.

    Category: Clothing

  18. (adv.)in formal attire.

    Category: Clothing

Origin of formal:

1350–1400; ME < L

for′mal•ness(n.)

Princeton's WordNet

  1. ball, formal(noun)

    a lavish dance requiring formal attire

  2. dinner dress, dinner gown, formal, evening gown(adj)

    a gown for evening wear

  3. formal(adj)

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

    "pay one's formal respects"; "formal dress"; "a formal ball"; "the requirement was only formal and often ignored"; "a formal education"

  4. formal(adj)

    characteristic of or befitting a person in authority

    "formal duties"; "an official banquet"

  5. formal(adj)

    (of spoken and written language) adhering to traditional standards of correctness and without casual, contracted, and colloquial forms

    "the paper was written in formal English"

  6. conventional, formal, schematic(adj)

    represented in simplified or symbolic form

  7. formal(adj)

    logically deductive

    "formal proof"

  8. courtly, formal, stately(adj)

    refined or imposing in manner or appearance; befitting a royal court

    "a courtly gentleman"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. formal(adjective)ˈfɔr məl

    ≠ informal

    a formal complaint; formal methods

  2. formalˈfɔr məl

    ≠ informal

    formal language; a formal occasion

Wiktionary

  1. formal(Noun)

    formalin

  2. formal(Noun)

    an evening gown

  3. formal(Noun)

    an event with a formal dress code

    Jenny took Sam to her Year 12 formal.

  4. formal(Adjective)

    being in accord with established forms

  5. formal(Adjective)

    official

  6. formal(Adjective)

    relating to the form or structure of something

  7. formal(Adjective)

    ceremonial

  8. formal(Adjective)

    Organized; well-structured and planned.

  9. Origin: From formel, from formel, from formalis, from forma; see form.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Formal(noun)

    see Methylal

  2. Formal(adj)

    belonging to the form, shape, frame, external appearance, or organization of a thing

  3. Formal(adj)

    belonging to the constitution of a thing, as distinguished from the matter composing it; having the power of making a thing what it is; constituent; essential; pertaining to or depending on the forms, so called, of the human intellect

  4. Formal(adj)

    done in due form, or with solemnity; according to regular method; not incidental, sudden or irregular; express; as, he gave his formal consent

  5. Formal(adj)

    devoted to, or done in accordance with, forms or rules; punctilious; regular; orderly; methodical; of a prescribed form; exact; prim; stiff; ceremonious; as, a man formal in his dress, his gait, his conversation

  6. Formal(adj)

    having the form or appearance without the substance or essence; external; as, formal duty; formal worship; formal courtesy, etc

  7. Formal(adj)

    dependent in form; conventional

  8. Formal(adj)

    sound; normal

Freebase

  1. Formal

    Formal Hall or Formal Meal is the meal held at some of the oldest, universities in the United Kingdom and Ireland at which students dress in formal attire and often gowns to dine. These are held commonly in the colleges of, for examples, Oxford, Cambridge, Dublin, Durham and St Andrews, as well as the University of London, the University of Melbourne, the University of Sydney, and Trinity College, Toronto. In a number of red brick universities, some halls such as those in at Manchester, Bristol and Exeter also practise similar traditions in order to increase interaction between academics and students, and to enrich the students' overall learning experience. The nature of Formals varies widely between the colleges and halls that hold them. In some colleges, Formals may be held every night, and are simply a second sitting of hall at which gowns are worn and grace is read. In other colleges, Formals may be special events to which guests from outside the college are frequently invited, often with themes and associated ents or "bops". In between these two extremes fall the great majority of colleges.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'formal' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #1597

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'formal' in Written Corpus Frequency: #2780

  3. Adjectives Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'formal' in Adjectives Frequency: #199


Translations for formal

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary

formal(adjective)

done etc according to a fixed and accepted way

a formal letter.

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