1 approved, ceremonial, explicit, express, fixed, lawful, legal, methodical, official, prescribed, pro forma, regular, rigid, ritualistic, set, solemn, strict
2 affected, aloof, ceremonious, conventional, correct, exact, precise, prim, punctilious, reserved, starched, stiff, unbending
casual, easy-going, informal, laid-back (informal) relaxed, unceremonious, unofficial
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formal ( formals plural )
1 adj Formal speech or behaviour is very correct and serious rather than relaxed and friendly, and is used especially in official situations., (Antonym: informal)
He wrote a very formal letter of apology to Douglas..., Business relationships are necessarily a bit more formal.
formally adv ADV with v
He took her back to Vincent Square in a taxi, saying goodnight formally on the doorstep.
Lillith's formality and seriousness amused him.
2 adj A formal action, statement, or request is an official one.
ADJ n (Antonym: informal)
UN officials said a formal request was passed to American authorities..., No formal announcement had been made.
formally adv ADV with v
Diplomats haven't formally agreed to Anderson's plan...
3 adj Formal occasions are special occasions at which people wear smart clothes and behave according to a set of accepted rules.
usu ADJ n (Antonym: informal)
One evening the film company arranged a formal dinner after the play.
Formal is also a noun., n-count
...a wide array of events, including school formals and speech nights, weddings, and balls.
4 adj Formal clothes are very smart clothes that are suitable for formal occasions.
ADJ n (Antonym: informal, casual)
They wore ordinary ties instead of the more formal high collar and cravat.
formally adv ADV after v, ADV -ed
It was really too warm for her to dress so formally.
5 adj Formal education or training is given officially, usually in a school, college, or university.
Leroy didn't have any formal dance training.
formally adv ADV -ed
Mr Dawe was the ancient, formally trained head gardener.
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