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Definition of 'formal'


  1. a lavish dance requiring formal attire
       Synonyms: ball
  2. a gown for evening wear
       Synonyms: dinner dress dinner gown evening gown


  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"
       Antonyms: informal
  2. characteristic of or befitting a person in authority; "formal duties"; "an official banquet"
  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"
       Antonyms: informal
  4. represented in simplified or symbolic form
       Synonyms: conventional schematic
  5. logically deductive; "formal proof"
  6. refined or imposing in manner or appearance; befitting a royal court; "a courtly gentleman"
       Synonyms: courtly stately

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