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n. pl. for·mal·i·ties
1. The quality or condition of being formal.
2. Rigorous or ceremonious adherence to established forms, rules, or customs.
3. An established form, rule, or custom, especially one followed merely for the sake of procedure or decorum.


n, pl -ties
1. a requirement of rule, custom, etiquette, etc
2. the condition or quality of being formal or conventional
3. strict or excessive observance of form, ceremony, etc
4. an established, proper, or conventional method, act, or procedure


(fɔrˈmæl ɪ ti)

n., pl. -ties.
1. condition or quality of being formal; accordance with required or traditional rules, procedures, etc.; conventionality.
2. rigorously methodical character.
3. strict adherence to established rules and procedures; rigidity.
4. observance of form or ceremony.
5. marked or excessive ceremoniousness.
6. an established order or method of proceeding.
7. a formal act or observance; ritual.
8. something done merely or mainly for form's sake; a requirement of custom or etiquette.
[1525–35; < Latin]




  1. Formal and self-conscious as a football in a photograph —George Garrett
  2. Formal as a Japanese print —Ramon Delgado
  3. Formal as an undertaker —William Mcllvanney
  4. Informal as paper napkins —Dee Weber
  5. Ordered … like a nun’s evening prayers —Charles Hanson Towne

    This simile is extracted from the first stanza of Towne’s poem, The Best Road of All in which he writes about the best road being that which leads to God. In full context it reads: “I like … a road that is an ordered road, like a nun’s evening prayers.”

ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.formality - a requirement of etiquette or custom; "a mere formality"
ceremonial, ceremonial occasion, ceremony, observance - a formal event performed on a special occasion; "a ceremony commemorating Pearl Harbor"
2.formality - a manner that strictly observes all forms and ceremonies; "the formality of his voice made the others pay him close attention"
personal manner, manner - a way of acting or behaving
ceremoniousness - a ceremonial manner
stateliness - an elaborate manner of doing something; "she served coffee with great stateliness"
informality - a manner that does not take forms and ceremonies seriously
3.formality - compliance with formal rules; "courtroom formality"
abidance, compliance, conformity, conformation - acting according to certain accepted standards; "their financial statements are in conformity with generally accepted accounting practices"
person of color, person of colour - (formal) any non-European non-white person
herald, trumpeter - (formal) a person who announces important news; "the chieftain had a herald who announced his arrival with a trumpet"
slough of despond - (formal) extreme depression
in that, in this, therein - (formal) in or into that thing or place; "they can read therein what our plans are"
hereby, herewith - (formal) by means of this; "I hereby declare you man and wife"


1. correctness, seriousness, decorum, ceremoniousness, protocol, etiquette, politesse, p's and q's, punctilio Her formality and seriousness amused him.
2. convention, form, conventionality, matter of form, procedure, ceremony, custom, gesture, ritual, rite The will was read, but it was a formality.


1. Strict observance of social conventions:
2. A conventional social gesture or act without intrinsic purpose:
إجْراء شَكْليإجْرَاءٌ شَكْلِيّسُلوك رَسْمي
formlegheit, hátíîleikiformsatriîi
bài diễn văn/hành động trịnh trọng


[fɔːˈmælɪtɪ] N
1. [of occasion] → lo ceremonioso; [of person] (= stiffness) → formalidad f; (= correctness) → corrección f
with all due formalityen la debida forma
2. (= matter of form) it's a mere formalityno es más que una formalidad
let's dispense with the formalitiesprescindamos de las formalidades
3. formalities (bureaucratic) → trámites mpl, gestiones fpl
first there are certain formalitiesprimero hay ciertos requisitos


(unimportant)formalité f
just a formality → une simple formalité
(= formal style) → formalité f formalities
npl (= procedures) → formalités fpl


no pl (of person, dress, greeting, language, ceremony etc)Förmlichkeit f
(= matter of form)Formalität f; it’s a mere formalityes ist (eine) reine Formsache or Formalität; let’s dispense with the formalitieslassen wir die Formalitäten beiseite


[fɔːˈmælɪtɪ] nformalità f inv
it's a mere formality → è una semplice formalità


(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.


إجْرَاءٌ شَكْلِيّ formalita formalitet Formalität τυπικότητα formalidad muodollisuus formalité formalnost formalità 儀礼的行為 격식 formaliteit formalitet formalność formalidade формальность formalitet ความเป็นทางการ formalite bài diễn văn/hành động trịnh trọng 礼节
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Edna felt that they might have dispensed with the formality.
One luckless wight contrived to upset the gravy; and then gravy had to be got up de novo, with due care and formality, Aunt Chloe watching and stirring with dogged precision, answering shortly, to all suggestions of haste, that she "warn't a going to have raw gravy on the table, to help nobody's catchings.
All constraint and formality quickly disappeared, and the friendliest feeling succeeded.
His person and air were equal to what her fancy had ever drawn for the hero of a favourite story; and in his carrying her into the house with so little previous formality, there was a rapidity of thought which particularly recommended the action to her.
She nodded and waved her hand in return, very gracefully and prettily -- but with something of old-fashioned formality in her manner, which looked strangely in so young a woman, and which seemed out of harmony with a salutation addressed to her father.
Which I say, Sir," replied Joe, with an air of legal formality, as if he were making his will, "Miss A.
Osgood's side; and though you might not have supposed it from the formality of their greeting, there was a devoted attachment and mutual admiration between aunt and niece.
According to due formality, the Disinherited Knight was to be considered as leader of the one body, while Brian de Bois-Guilbert, who had been rated as having done second-best in the preceding day, was named first champion of the other band.
But, as to the formality of taking possession in my sovereign's name, it never came once into my thoughts; and if it had, yet, as my affairs then stood, I should perhaps, in point of prudence and self-preservation, have put it off to a better opportunity.
The Militia of the Equilaterals was at once called out; and every Triangle suspected of Irregularity on reasonable grounds, was destroyed by Court Martial, without the formality of exact measurement by the Social Board.
I was a good deal surprised by this; for we were by no means in the habit of correspondence; I had seen the man, dined with him, indeed, the night before; and I could imagine nothing in our intercourse that should justify formality of registration.
asked the driver, wild- eyed, white-faced; and when my brother told him it would if he turned to the left, he whipped up at once without the formality of thanks.