a lavish dance requiring formal attire
dinner dress, dinner gown, formal, evening gown(adj)
a gown for evening wear
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"
characteristic of or befitting a person in authority
"formal duties"; "an official banquet"
(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"
conventional, formal, schematic(adj)
represented in simplified or symbolic form
courtly, formal, stately(adj)
refined or imposing in manner or appearance; befitting a royal court
"a courtly gentleman"
an evening gown
an event with a formal dress code
Jenny took Sam to her Year 12 formal.
being in accord with established forms
relating to the form or structure of something
Organized; well-structured and planned.
Origin: From formel, from formel, from formalis, from forma; see form.
belonging to the form, shape, frame, external appearance, or organization of a thing
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
done in due form, or with solemnity; according to regular method; not incidental, sudden or irregular; express; as, he gave his formal consent
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
having the form or appearance without the substance or essence; external; as, formal duty; formal worship; formal courtesy, etc
dependent in form; conventional
Origin: [L. formic + alcohol.]
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.
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Rank popularity for the word 'formal' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #1597
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Rank popularity for the word 'formal' in Written Corpus Frequency: #2780
Rank popularity for the word 'formal' in Adjectives Frequency: #199
The numerical value of formal in Chaldean Numerology is: 7
The numerical value of formal in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2
Examples of formal in a Sentence
I would say something formal, like, we don't discuss our acquisition plans.
Formal education will earn you a living, self-education make you a fortune.
Formal education will make you a living self-education will make you a fortune.
I’ve got the formal Pastafarian Ministeroni outfit and I've got the more pirate-y one.
When the preliminary investigation leads to evidence there would be a formal investigation.
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- формен, церемониален, формален, официаленBulgarian
- solemne, convencional, formalCatalan, Valencian
- formell, formal, förmlich, offiziell, Form-German
- kaavamainen, muodollinen, formaali, virallinen, juhlallinenFinnish
- formális, formai, hivatalosHungarian
- 正式, 公式Japanese
- formal, oficialRomanian
- формальный, официальныйRussian
- cȅremonijālan, fòrmālan, slȕžbenSerbo-Croatian
- chính thứcVietnamese
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