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for·mal

 (fôr′məl)
adj.
1.
a. Relating to or involving outward form or structure, often in contrast to content or meaning.
b. Being or relating to essential form or constitution: a formal principle.
2. Following or being in accord with accepted or prescribed forms, conventions, or regulations: had little formal education; went to a formal party.
3.
a. Characterized by strict or meticulous observation of forms; methodical: very formal in their business transactions.
b. Stiffly ceremonious: a formal greeting.
4. Characterized by technical or polysyllabic vocabulary, complex sentence structure, and explicit transitions; not colloquial or informal: formal discourse.
5. Having the outward appearance but lacking in substance: a formal requirement that is usually ignored.
n.
Something, such as a gown or social affair, that is formal in nature.

[Middle English, from Latin fōrmālis, from fōrma, shape.]

for′mal·ly adv.
for′mal·ness n.

formal

(ˈfɔːməl)
adj
1. of, according to, or following established or prescribed forms, conventions, etc: a formal document.
2. characterized by observation of conventional forms of ceremony, behaviour, dress, etc: a formal dinner.
3. methodical, precise, or stiff
4. (Clothing & Fashion) suitable for occasions organized according to conventional ceremony: formal dress.
5. (Linguistics) denoting or characterized by idiom, vocabulary, etc, used by educated speakers and writers of a language
6. (Education) acquired by study in academic institutions: a formal education.
7. regular or symmetrical in form: a formal garden.
8. of or relating to the appearance, form, etc, of something as distinguished from its substance
9. (Logic) logically deductive: formal proof.
10. (Philosophy) philosophy
a. of or relating to form as opposed to matter or content
b. pertaining to the essence or nature of something: formal cause.
c. (in the writings of Descartes) pertaining to the correspondence between an image or idea and its object
d. being in the formal mode
11. (Grammar) denoting a second-person pronoun in some languages used when the addressee is a stranger, social superior, etc: in French the pronoun 'vous' is formal, while 'tu' is informal.
[C14: from Latin formālis]
ˈformally adv
ˈformalness n

formal

(ˈfɔːmæl)
n
(Elements & Compounds) another name for methylal
[C19: from form(ic) + -al3]

for•mal

(ˈfɔr 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.
4. requiring dress suitable for elaborate social events: a formal dance.
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.
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.
a. (of a proof) in strict logical form with a justification for every step.
b. (of a calculation) correct in form; made with strict justification for every step.
n.
16. a dance or ball that requires formal attire.
17. an evening gown.
adv.
18. in formal attire.
[1350–1400; Middle English < Latin]
for′mal•ly, adv.
for′mal•ness, n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.formal - a lavish dance requiring formal attireformal - a lavish dance requiring formal attire
dance - a party for social dancing
cotilion, cotillion - a ball at which young ladies are presented to society
fancy-dress ball, masked ball, masquerade ball - a ball at which guests wear costumes and masks
prom, promenade - a formal ball held for a school class toward the end of the academic year
2.formal - a gown for evening wear
evening clothes, evening dress, eveningwear, formalwear - attire to wear on formal occasions in the evening
gown - a woman's dress, usually with a close-fitting bodice and a long flared skirt, often worn on formal occasions
Adj.1.formal - 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"
conventional - following accepted customs and proprieties; "conventional wisdom"; "she had strayed from the path of conventional behavior"; "conventional forms of address"
formal - (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"
informal - not formal; "conservative people unaccustomed to informal dress"; "an informal free-and-easy manner"; "an informal gathering of friends"
2.formal - characteristic of or befitting a person in authority; "formal duties"; "an official banquet"
official - having official authority or sanction; "official permission"; "an official representative"
3.formal - (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"
formal - 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"
rhetorical - given to rhetoric, emphasizing style at the expense of thought; "mere rhetorical frippery"
informal - used of spoken and written language
4.formal - represented in simplified or symbolic form
beaux arts, fine arts - the study and creation of visual works of art
nonrepresentational - of or relating to a style of art in which objects do not resemble those known in physical nature
5.formal - logically deductive; "formal proof"
logical - capable of or reflecting the capability for correct and valid reasoning; "a logical mind"
6.formal - refined or imposing in manner or appearance; befitting a royal court; "a courtly gentleman"
dignified - having or expressing dignity; especially formality or stateliness in bearing or appearance; "her dignified demeanor"; "the director of the school was a dignified white-haired gentleman"

formal

adjective
3. ceremonial, traditional, solemn, ritualistic, dressy They arranged a formal dinner after the play.
4. learned, intellectual, literary, scholarly, highbrow an elevated and formal style
5. conventional, established, traditional He didn't have any formal dance training.
6. arranged, regular, symmetrical a formal herb garden

formal

adjective
1. Fond of or given to ceremony:
2. Of or characterized by ceremony:
3. Requiring elegant clothes and fine manners:
Translations
رَسْميرَسْمي، ذو شَكْل ثابِترَسْمِيّ
formálnígeometrickýobřadnýspolečenskýsymetrický
formelformeltkorrektstiv
muodollinenvirallinenformaalijuhlallinenkaavamainen
formalanslužbenceremonijalan
formálisudvariassági
formlegurformlegur, hátíîlegur; samkvæmis-formlegur, háttfasturformlegur, stífurreglulegur
正式の
형식적인
formalumasgeometriškai išplanuotasknyginisoficialiaioficialumas
formālsoficiālsregulārssimetrisks
formálnyskostnatený
uraden
formell
เป็นทางการ
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formal

[ˈfɔːməl] ADJ [person] (= correct) → correcto; (= reliable, stiff) → formal; (= solemn) [greeting, language, occasion, announcement] → solemne; [dress] → de etiqueta; [visit] → de cumplido (Pol) [visit] → oficial; [function] → protocolario; [garden] → simétrico; (= official) [evidence] → documental; [acceptance] → por escrito
in English, "residence" is a formal termen inglés, "residence" es un término formal
don't be so formal!¡no te andes con tantos cumplidos!
there was no formal agreementno había un acuerdo en firme
formal clothesropa f de etiqueta
a formal dinneruna cena de gala
he has no formal educationno tiene formación académica
formal trainingformación f profesional

formal

[ˈfɔːrməl] adj
[language] → soutenu(e)
In English, "residence" is a formal term → En anglais, "residence" est un terme soutenu.
[letter] → formel(le)
[behaviour] → cérémonieux/euse
[style] → soutenu(e)
formal garden → jardin m à la française
[person] → cérémonieux/euse, à cheval sur les convenances
[dinner] → officiel(le)
a formal dinner → un dîner officiel
(= smart) [occasion, party] → habillé(e)
formal clothes → une tenue habillée
[offer, receipt] → en bonne et due forme; [announcement] → officiel(le); [approval] → officiel(le)
(ART, PHILOSOPHY)formel(le)

He's got no formal education → Il n'a pas fait beaucoup d'études.

formal

adj
person, letter, relationship, behaviour, languageformell, förmlich; (= official) talks, statement, complaint, agreement, requestformell, offiziell; (= ceremonial) occasion, receptionfeierlich; he made them a formal bower verbeugte sich formell or feierlich vor ihnen; to make a formal apologysich in aller Form entschuldigen; the dinner was very formaldas Abendessen war sehr formell; formal affair or occasionformeller or feierlicher Anlass; on formal occasionsbei formellen or feierlichen Anlässen; formal clothes or dress (for smart occasions) → Gesellschaftskleidung f; (for work) → formelle Kleidung; in formal dressformell gekleidet
(= ordered) style, approachformal; (= severe)streng; (in design) garden, borders, squareregelmäßig angelegt; roomformal eingerichtet; formal gardensformal angelegte Gartenanlagen pl
(= proper) education, trainingordentlich; qualificationsoffiziell
(= relating to form) logic, perfection, complexity, defectformal

formal

[ˈfɔːml] adj (gen) → formale; (person) → cerimonioso/a; (official, visit, offer, acceptance) → ufficiale
there was no formal agreement → non c'era un contratto formale
formal garden → giardino all'italiana
formal training → preparazione f specifica

formal

(ˈfoːməl) adjective
1. done etc according to a fixed and accepted way. a formal letter.
2. suitable or correct for occasions when things are done according to a fixed and accepted way. You must wear formal dress.
3. (of behaviour, attitude etc) not relaxed and friendly. formal behaviour.
4. (of language) exactly correct by grammatical etc rules but not conversational. Her English was very formal.
5. (of designs etc) precise and following a fixed pattern rather than occuring naturally. formal gardens.
ˈformally adverb
forˈmality (-ˈmӕ-) noun
1. something which is done for appearance but has little meaning. The chairman's speech was only a formality.
2. unrelaxed correctness of behaviour. His formality made him appear unfriendly.

formal

رَسْمِيّ formální formel formell επίσημος formal muodollinen formel formalan formale 正式の 형식적인 formeel formell formalny formal формальный formell เป็นทางการ resmi trịnh trọng 正式的
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A formal apology will make him see how foolish he is, and bring him down quite amiable.
The communion between George Willard and his mother was outwardly a formal thing without mean- ing.
They were formal housewives, most of them, with a severe sense of decorum.
When it was ended, a general bustle announced that it was to be immediately succeeded by a solemn and formal assemblage of the nation.
said Hepzibah carelessly,--for, formal as she was, still, in her life's experience, she had gnashed her teeth against human law,--"I suppose he has a law of his own
This envelope had the air of an official record of some period long past, when clerks engrossed their stiff and formal chirography on more substantial materials than at present.
Perhaps the only formal whaling code authorized by legislative enactment, was that of Holland.
He had not the placid, quiet, unworldly air of Simeon Halliday; on the contrary, a particularly wide-awake and au fait appearance, like a man who rather prides himself on knowing what he is about, and keeping a bright lookout ahead; peculiarities which sorted rather oddly with his broad brim and formal phraseology.
They adopted her, with grave and formal military ceremonies of their own invention - solemnities is the truer word; solemnities that were so profoundly solemn and earnest, that the spectacle would have been comical if it hadn't been so touching.
One does not find out what a hold the chalet has taken upon him, until he presently comes upon a new house-- a house which is aping the town fashions of Germany and France, a prim, hideous, straight-up-and-down thing, plastered all over on the outside to look like stone, and altogether so stiff, and formal, and ugly, and forbidding, and so out of tune with the gracious landscape, and so deaf and dumb and dead to the poetry of its surroundings, that it suggests an undertaker at a picnic, a corpse at a wedding, a puritan in Paradise.
He was very proud of his old Virginian ancestry, and in his hospitalities and his rather formal and stately manners, he kept up its traditions.
After much thinking, she could determine on nothing better, than Harriet's returning the visit; but in a way that, if they had understanding, should convince them that it was to be only a formal acquaintance.

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