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Meaning & Definition of Formal in English

English

Formal

/fɔrməl/

noun

1. A lavish dance requiring formal attire

    synonym:
  • ball
  • ,
  • formal

2. A gown for evening wear

    synonym:
  • dinner dress
  • ,
  • dinner gown
  • ,
  • formal
  • ,
  • evening gown

adjective

1. 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"
    synonym:
  • formal

2. Characteristic of or befitting a person in authority

  • "Formal duties"
  • "An official banquet"
    synonym:
  • formal

3. (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"
    synonym:
  • formal

4. Represented in simplified or symbolic form

    synonym:
  • conventional
  • ,
  • formal
  • ,
  • schematic

5. Logically deductive

  • "Formal proof"
    synonym:
  • formal

6. Refined or imposing in manner or appearance

  • Befitting a royal court
  • "A courtly gentleman"
    synonym:
  • courtly
  • ,
  • formal
  • ,
  • stately

Examples of using

We should write a formal letter to the director.
You don't need to prepare a formal speech.
You don't have to be so formal.