Meaning of FORMAL in English

FORMAL

■ adjective

1》 done in accordance with rules of convention or etiquette.

↘having a conventionally recognized form, structure, or set of rules: he had little ~ education.

↘of or denoting a style of writing or public speaking characterized by more elaborate grammatical structures and more conservative and technical vocabulary.

2》 officially recognized: a ~ complaint.

3》 of or concerned with outward form rather than content.

↘having a form or appearance but no true function: the committee stage would be purely ~.

↘relating to linguistic or logical form as opposed to function or meaning.

■ noun N. Amer. an evening dress.

↘an occasion on which evening dress is worn.

Derivatives

~ly adverb

Origin

ME: from L. ~is , from forma (see form ).

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