What does formal mean?

Definitions for formal
ˈfɔr məlfor·mal

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word formal.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. ball, formalnoun

    a lavish dance requiring formal attire

  2. dinner dress, dinner gown, formal, evening gownadjective

    a gown for evening wear

  3. formaladjective

    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. formaladjective

    characteristic of or befitting a person in authority

    "formal duties"; "an official banquet"

  5. formaladjective

    (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, schematicadjective

    represented in simplified or symbolic form

  7. formaladjective

    logically deductive

    "formal proof"

  8. courtly, formal, statelyadjective

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

    "a courtly gentleman"

Wiktionary

  1. formalnoun

    formalin

    Etymology: From formel, from formel, from formalis, from forma; see form.

  2. formalnoun

    an evening gown

    Etymology: From formel, from formel, from formalis, from forma; see form.

  3. formalnoun

    an event with a formal dress code

    Jenny took Sam to her Year 12 formal.

    Etymology: From formel, from formel, from formalis, from forma; see form.

  4. formaladjective

    being in accord with established forms

    Etymology: From formel, from formel, from formalis, from forma; see form.

  5. formaladjective

    official

    Etymology: From formel, from formel, from formalis, from forma; see form.

  6. formaladjective

    relating to the form or structure of something

    Etymology: From formel, from formel, from formalis, from forma; see form.

  7. formaladjective

    ceremonial

    Etymology: From formel, from formel, from formalis, from forma; see form.

  8. formaladjective

    Organized; well-structured and planned.

    Etymology: From formel, from formel, from formalis, from forma; see form.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Formalnoun

    see Methylal

    Etymology: [L. formic + alcohol.]

  2. Formaladjective

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

    Etymology: [L. formic + alcohol.]

  3. Formaladjective

    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

    Etymology: [L. formic + alcohol.]

  4. Formaladjective

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

    Etymology: [L. formic + alcohol.]

  5. Formaladjective

    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

    Etymology: [L. formic + alcohol.]

  6. Formaladjective

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

    Etymology: [L. formic + alcohol.]

  7. Formaladjective

    dependent in form; conventional

    Etymology: [L. formic + alcohol.]

  8. Formaladjective

    sound; normal

    Etymology: [L. formic + alcohol.]

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.

Editors Contribution

  1. formal

    A form of official authority.

    Formal authority is required for certain things in life like building a new build house.

    Submitted by MaryC on January 5, 2015  

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  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

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of formal in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of formal in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Examples of formal in a Sentence

  1. Valdis Dombrovskis:

    The IMF is on board as concerns program conditionality, we know that IMF has its own program, but we do not expect a formal decision on this today.

  2. Richard Blumenthal:

    Rejecting this agreement is fraught with unacceptable risk. Our formal negotiation partners and allies have signaled clearly that they are not coming back to the table -- a point confirmed in my conversations and meetings. There is no better deal available now.

  3. Bryanna Reid:

    Life is beyond the formal logic. For this reason it's not surprising that women who intuitively perceive the world seem illogical to us.

  4. The Hill:

    She’s notified Gov.Newsom, and has sent her formal indication that she will be resigning. And then she will make a formal announcement on Monday.

  5. Tom Perez:

    Sometimes when you're in a less formal setting, it's conducive to letting your guard down a little bit and I had found that to be the case in a number of knotty situations.

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