formal

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See also: formál and formål

English[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

From Middle English formel, from Old French formel, from Latin formalis, from forma (form); see form.

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Adjective[edit]

formal (comparative more formal, superlative most formal)

  1. Being in accord with established forms.
    She spoke formal English, without any dialect.
  2. Official.
    I'd like to make a formal complaint.
  3. Relating to the form or structure of something.
    Formal linguistics ignores the vocabulary of languages and focuses solely on their grammar.
  4. Relating to formation.
    The formal stage is a critical part of any child's development.
  5. Ceremonial.
    (The addition of quotations indicative of this usage is being sought):
  6. Proper, according to strict etiquette; not casual.
    Formal wear must be worn at my wedding!
  7. Organized; well-structured and planned.
    When they became a formal club the rowers built a small boathouse.
  8. (mathematics) Relating to mere manipulation and construction of strings of symbols, without regard to their meaning.
    Formal series are defined without any reference to convergence.

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Noun[edit]

formal (plural formals)

  1. Formalin.
  2. An evening gown.
  3. An event with a formal dress code.
    Jenny took Sam to her Year 12 formal.

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Catalan[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Borrowed from Latin formalis.

Adjective[edit]

formal m, f (masculine and feminine plural formals)

  1. formal

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Crimean Tatar[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Latin formalis, from forma (form).

Adjective[edit]

formal

  1. formal

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German[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Form +‎ -al

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Adjective[edit]

formal (comparative formaler, superlative am formalsten)

  1. formal (being in accord with established forms)

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Usage notes[edit]

Not to be confused with formell. The adjectives formell and informell express the presence or absence of ceremonies: ein informelles Treffen is a meeting in a near-private context. The adjective formal stresses the outward appearance (pro forma) as opposed to the content or the spirit.

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Adjective[edit]

formal m, f (plural formais; comparable)

  1. formal (being in accord with established forms)
  2. formal (official)
  3. formal (relating to the form or structure of something)
  4. formal (ceremonial)
  5. (logic) formal (involving mere manipulations of symbols)

Romanian[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Borrowed from French formel < Latin formalis.

Adjective[edit]

formal

  1. formal

Spanish[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Borrowed from Latin formalis.

Adjective[edit]

formal m, f (plural formales)

  1. formal

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