formal

for•mal
[[t]ˈfɔr məl[/t]] adj.
1) being in accordance with the usual requirements, customs, etc.; conventional:
to pay one's formal respects[/ex]
2) marked by form or ceremony:
a formal occasion[/ex]
3) clo designed for wear or use at elaborate ceremonial or social events:
The invitation specified formal attire[/ex]
4) clo requiring dress suitable for elaborate social events:
a formal dance[/ex]
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[/ex]
8) made or done in accordance with procedures that ensure validity:
a formal authorization[/ex]
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[/ex]
10) acquired in school; academic
11) symmetrical or highly organized:
a formal garden[/ex]
12) ling. 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[/ex]
14) being such merely in appearance or name; nominal:
a formal head of state[/ex]
15) math. 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
16) a dance or ball that requires formal attire
17) clo an evening gown
18) clo in formal attire
Etymology: 1350–1400; ME < L for′mal•ly, adv. for′mal•ness, n.

From formal English to slang. 2014.

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  • formal — for‧mal [ˈfɔːml ǁ ˈfɔːr ] adjective done or given officially and publicly: • The companies said they expect to sign a formal agreement before year s end. • No formal announcement has yet been made. • The British authorities have decided to… …   Financial and business terms

  • formal — adjetivo 1. De la forma: requisito formal, análisis formal. 2. Que cumple con su palabra, obligaciones o compromisos: Es un hombre formal, de palabra, puedes confiar en él. Es un muchacho formal, serio y responsable. Es una empresa formal, no… …   Diccionario Salamanca de la Lengua Española

  • formal — for·mal adj 1: relating to or involving outward form, structure, or arrangement rather than content a formal defect in the pleadings 2: requiring special or established solemnities or formalities esp. in order to be effective or valid under the… …   Law dictionary

  • formal — FORMÁL, Ă, formali, e, adj. 1. Privitor la formă, care ţine de formă, de aparenţă. ♦ (Adverbial) în aparenţă. 2. Formulat precis; categoric, expres. 3. Pătruns de formalism; făcut de formă (7). 4. (Despre unele acte juridice) Care necesită… …   Dicționar Român

  • formal — [fôr′məl] adj. [ME < L formalis < forma, FORM] 1. of external form or structure, rather than nature or content 2. of the internal form; relating to the intrinsic or essential character or nature 3. of or according to prescribed or fixed… …   English World dictionary

  • formal — (Del lat. formālis). 1. adj. Perteneciente o relativo a la forma, por contraposición a esencial. 2. Que tiene formalidad. 3. Dicho de una persona: Seria, amiga de la verdad y enemiga de chanzas. 4. Expreso, preciso, determinado. ☛ V. acto formal …   Diccionario de la lengua española

  • formal — (adj.) late 14c., from O.Fr. formel (13c.) and directly from L. formalis, from forma (see FORM (Cf. form)). As a noun, c.1600 (pl.) things that are formal; as a short way to say formal dance, recorded by 1906, U.S. college students …   Etymology dictionary

  • formal — Adj std. (16. Jh.) Entlehnung. Entlehnt aus l. fōrmālis, zu l. fōrma Form . Aus der gleichen Grundlage über das Französische formell. Eine Substantivierung in Formalie, Abstrakta in Formalismus, Formalität; Täterbezeichnung: Formalist; Verb:… …   Etymologisches Wörterbuch der deutschen sprache

  • formal — [adj1] established, orderly academic, approved, ceremonial, ceremonialistic, ceremonious, confirmed, conventional, decorous, directed, explicit, express, fixed, formalistic, lawful, legal, methodical, official, precise, prescribed, pro forma,… …   New thesaurus

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