Definitions for informalɪnˈfɔr məl

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

in•for•mal*ɪnˈfɔr məl(adj.)

  1. without formality or ceremony; casual:

    an informal visit.

  2. not according to the prescribed, official, or customary way or manner; irregular; unofficial:

    informal proceedings.

  3. suitable to or characteristic of casual or familiar speech or writing.

    Category: Language/Linguistics

* Syn: See colloquial.

Origin of informal:



Princeton's WordNet

  1. informal(adj)

    not formal

    "conservative people unaccustomed to informal dress"; "an informal free-and-easy manner"; "an informal gathering of friends"

  2. informal, loose(adj)

    not officially recognized or controlled

    "an informal agreement"; "a loose organization of the local farmers"

  3. informal(adj)

    used of spoken and written language

  4. cozy, intimate, informal(adj)

    having or fostering a warm or friendly and informal atmosphere

    "had a cozy chat"; "a relaxed informal manner"; "an intimate cocktail lounge"; "the small room was cozy and intimate"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. informal(adjective)ɪnˈfɔr məl

    ≠ formal

    an informal arrangement; an informal dinner party

  2. informalɪnˈfɔr məl

    ≠ formal

    informal clothing; informal language


  1. informal(Adjective)

    Not formal or ceremonious; casual.

    an informal get-together

  2. informal(Adjective)

    Not in accord with the usual regulations; unofficial.

    an informal agreement

  3. informal(Adjective)

    Suited for everyday use.

    informal clothes

  4. informal(Adjective)

    Reflecting everyday, non-ceremonious usage.

  5. informal(Adjective)

    Not organized; not structured or planned.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Informal(adj)

    not in the regular, usual, or established form; not according to official, conventional, prescribed, or customary forms or rules; irregular; hence, without ceremony; as, an informal writting, proceeding, or visit

  2. Informal(adj)

    deranged in mind; out of one's senses

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'informal' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #3869

  2. Adjectives Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'informal' in Adjectives Frequency: #525

Anagrams of informal

  1. formalin

Translations for informal

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


not formal or official; friendly and relaxed

The two prime ministers will meet for informal discussions today; Will the party be formal or informal?; friendly, informal manners.

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