English adjective: formal
|1.||formal being in accord with established forms and conventions and requirements (as e.g. of formal dress)|
|Samples||Pay one's formal respects.|
A formal ball.
The requirement was only formal and often ignored.
A formal education.
|Similar||black-tie, buckram, ceremonial, ceremonious, conventional, dress, dress, form-only, full-dress, full-dress, nominal, perfunctory, positive, prescribed, pro forma, semi-formal, semiformal, starchy, stiff, titular, white-tie|
|See also||conventional, formal|
|2.||formal characteristic of or befitting a person in authority|
An official banquet.
|3.||formal (of spoken and written language) adhering to traditional standards of correctness and without casual, contracted, and colloquial forms|
|Samples||The paper was written in formal English.|
|See also||formal, rhetorical|
|4.||formal represented in simplified or symbolic form|
|Domain category||beaux arts, fine arts|
|5.||formal logically deductive|
|6.||formal refined or imposing in manner or appearance; befitting a royal court|
|Samples||A courtly gentleman.|
English noun: formal
|1.||formal (event) a lavish dance requiring formal attire|
|Narrower (hyponym)||cotilion, cotillion, fancy-dress ball, masked ball, masquerade ball, prom, promenade|
|2.||formal (artifact) a gown for evening wear|
|Synonyms||dinner dress, dinner gown, evening gown|
|Broader (hypernym)||evening clothes, evening dress, eveningwear, formalwear, gown|