Meaning of FORMAL in English

FORMAL

adj. & n.

--adj.

1. used or done or held in accordance with rules, convention, or ceremony (formal dress; a formal occasion).

2 ceremonial; required by convention (a formal call).

3 precise or symmetrical (a formal garden).

4 prim or stiff in manner.

5 perfunctory, having the form without the spirit.

6 valid or correctly so called because of its form; explicit and definite (a formal agreement).

7 in accordance with recognized forms or rules.

8 of or concerned with (outward) form or appearance, esp. as distinct from content or matter.

9 Logic concerned with the form and not the matter of reasoning.

10 Philos. of the essence of a thing; essential not material.

--n. US 1 evening dress.

2 an occasion on which evening dress is worn.

Derivatives:

formally adv. formalness n.

Etymology: ME f. L formalis (as FORM)

Oxford English vocab.      Оксфордский английский словарь.