Formal - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |ˈfɔːrml|  American pronunciation of the word formal
Brit.  |ˈfɔːm(ə)l|  British pronunciation of the word formal


- a lavish dance requiring formal attire (syn: ball)
- a gown for evening wear


- characteristic of or befitting a person in authority
- represented in simplified or symbolic form (syn: conventional, schematic)
- logically deductive
- refined or imposing in manner or appearance; befitting a royal court (syn: courtly, stately)


...he asked her to the formal at the end of the year...

He is always formal with his colleagues.

There is no formal structure for negotiating pay increases.

Mr Kelly has lodged a formal complaint against the police.

Over the years, teaching methods have changed and become less formal.

'Yours sincerely' is a formal way of ending a letter.

I've met her twice but only on formal occasions.

We insist on formal dress for dinner.

The course includes formal lectures.

She was introduced to society at a formal reception.

The formal language of the report

The children have inadequate medical care and little formal education.

She was asked to give a formal address at the ceremony.

She filed a formal request for more information.

The formal furniture really suited the style of the house.

Word forms

singular: formal
plural: formals
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