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Adjective: formal  for-mul
  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"
     
  2. Characteristic of or befitting a person in authority
    "formal duties"; "a formal banquet"
     
  3. (fine arts) represented in simplified or symbolic form
    - conventional, schematic
     
  4. Logically deductive
    "formal proof"
     
  5. Refined or imposing in manner or appearance; befitting a royal court
    "a formal gentleman";
    - courtly, stately
     
  6. (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"
Noun: formal  for-mul
  1. A lavish dance requiring formal attire
    - ball
     
  2. [N. Amer] A gown for evening wear
    - dinner dress, dinner gown, evening gown

Derived forms: formals

See also: black-tie, buckram, ceremonial, ceremonious, conventional, dignified, dress, formality, formalness, form-only, full-dress, literary, logical, nominal, nonrepresentational, official, perfunctory, positive, prescribed, pro forma, rhetorical, semiformal, semi-formal, starchy, stiff, titular, white-tie

Type of: dance, evening clothes, evening dress, eveningwear, formalwear, gown

Antonym: informal

Encyclopedia: Formal